Phonetics and Phonology

    Unit code: HHB3002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    96 credit points of core second year HCSP units.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Knowing how people perceive, form and use speech sounds when communicating is foundational knowledge for professions such as speech pathology. By studying phonetics, students will learn about the science of speech. This involves how to use the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe speech sounds. It also involves exploring how the vocal tract relates to the different speech sounds, and the basic acoustic features of consonants and vowels. By studying phonology, students will learn about the patterns of speech relevant to languages in the Australian context, including Australian Aboriginal languages and will have the opportunity to reflect on speech as a cultural phenomenon.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Execute real-time transcriptions of speech sounds in isolation, words, phrases and discourse using the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols and conventions, as relevant to Australia’s linguistic diversity;
    2. Describe consonant and vowel sounds in terms of articulatory and acoustic phonetics;
    3. Elucidate the difference between phonetics and phonology;
    4. Differentiate between and hypothesise why differences occur in speech patterns across groups; and
    5. Reflect on pronunciation patterns as a cultural phenomenon.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 40%
    Phonetic transcriptions of real-time speech sounds (3x30mins)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Group presentation of speech sound patterns of varying language groups (10mins) and individual written reflection 500 words
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 30%
    Test (SAQ, MCQ) (1hr)

    Required reading

    Students will be directed to relevant professional and clinical guidelines as well as scientific literature in texts and journals.

    As part of a course

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