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

Fall 2007

SPN 383M • Spanish Phonology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49470 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ 1.202

Course Description

The object of this course is to provide students with an overview of the topics related to Spanish phonetics and phonology, from both an articulatory as well as an acoustic point view. The course is divided into three major parts. 1. A review of the basic concepts of Spanish phonetics and phonology: IPA transcriptions, reading of spectrograms; dialect variations, English/Spanish contrasts. 2. A review of current articles, publications, and online materials related to Spanish phonetics and phonology. 3. Presentation and review of student research projects (experimental or analytical).

Grading Policy

The final grade is based on the percentage of total points earned (A=90+, B=80+, C=70+, D=60+). Late work is accepted for partial credit only when approved by the instructor. Points are distributed on the following basis:

Transcription Exercises (4 x 50 pts) 200 pts Acoustics Exercises (4 x 50 pts) 200 pts Examination (1 x 200 pts) 200 pts Research Project 200 pts Presentation of Research Project 100 pts Attendance 100 pts TOTAL 1000 pts


Required Textbooks Guitart, Jorge M. 2004. Sonido y sentido. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press. Hualde, José Ignacio. 2005. The Sounds of Spanish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Online Materials PRAAT. Download the latest version (windows or mac): The International Phonetic Association. Download charts and fonts. IPA-SAM fonts University of Iowa Phonetics Library. UCLA Phonetics Lab Data Peter Ladefoged Homepage. John Ohala Homepage. Kelm, Orlando. Phonetic transcription examples Kelm, Orlando. Spanish Proficiency Exercises Kelm, Orlando. Cultural Interviews Larynx Videos Web anatomy Anatomy of the Larynx Introduction to waves Spectrogram Reading Yamada Language Center (Univ. of Oregon) Speech Accent Archive (George Mason University)


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