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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2006

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47080 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
ben 1.124

Course Description

This course, which is an introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics, has the following objectives: 1. Theoretical goals: a. To understand basic concepts of phonetics such as phoneme, syllable, coarticulation, sound, grapheme, etc b. To understand how a sound system works in a given language c. To understand how a system of sounds is acquired by a second language learners. 2.Practical goals: a. To learn how to transcribe sounds of different Spanish dialects using the IPA system b. To improve listening and speaking skills through exercises. c. To improve students' orthography of Spanish d. To understand how to teach pronunciation.

Students can use the knowledge acquired in this course as a tool to start thinking and questioning topics related with language and the present day with a scientific perspective. These topics include bilingual education, biligualism versus diglossia, prejudices based on language and accent, foreign accent, accent and identity. Thus, I expect that this course awakens the interest of students for the study of phonetics as well as their understanding of phonetics as a science.

Grading Policy

Exam 1 25% Exam 2 25% Final Exam 35% Exercises 10% Class participation 5%


Barrutia, Richard y Schwegler, Armin (1994). Fonética y fonologia espanolas: teoria y práctica. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2a Edicion) Archival documents to be posted on Blackboard.


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