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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Students will be directed to relevant professional and clinical guidelines as well as scientific literature in texts and journals.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):