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Sounds - Program of Study

In the first year, graduate students take three required courses related to phonetics and phonology:

  • LIN 380K: Phonology I. A graduate introduction to phonology without any assumed background knowledge. This course is offered every Fall semester.
  • LIN 381K: Phonology II. The continuation of Phonology I,this course concludes a one-year introduction to the field. It is offered every Spring semester.
  • LIN 381M: Phonetics. A graduate introduction to phonetics.This course is offered every Spring semester.

In addition to these required courses, students interested in phonetics and/or phonology should take more advanced seminar courses in both phonetics and phonology. The course LIN 393P: Topics in Phonetics and Phonology is offered both Fall and Spring semester with different topics. The general topics covered include the following:

  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Laboratory Phonology
  • Formal Phonology

One course is generally offered in each of these general areas in each academic year. The specific sub-area covered in each course varies from year to year, so LIN 393P can be taken repeatedly for credit. Each 393P course continues on from the required courses LIN380K, LIN 381K, and LIN 381M, focusing on a particular sub-area.The student will be expected to do an original research project and will read from the professional literature in that sub-area. Students interested in phonetics and/or phonology are encouraged to take at least one 393P seminar in each of these areas over the course of their graduate careers. Because seminar topics vary in different years, it is important to take courses of interest when they are offered, as a specific topic may not be covered more than once every few years.

Other courses of interest are often offered through the departments of Psychology, Communication and Speech Disorders, as well as the various modern and classical language programs at UT.

Both laboratory phonology and experimental phonetics are based on quantitative data, so students should make sure that they have the tools to handle such data. They should definitely take at least one course in statistics among those offered by French and Italian,Psychology, or Educational Psychology, and they are advised to take some more advanced statistics courses as well.

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