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

Fall 2003


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43923 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Batts 217

Course Description

This course, conducted in Portuguese, is designed to be a detailed analysis of Luso-Brazilian Portuguese phonetics and phonology. Students will study Brazilian phonetics from both articulatory and acoustic perspectives, including portions related to the history of the language, dialects and regional pronunciations, register, suprasegmental aspects of speech, and comparisons with Spanish and English phonetics. Phonetic transcriptions will be based on IPA. The objective of this course is to provide graduate students with an understanding of the issues related to Luso-Brazilian phonetics and phonology as well as an understanding of these issues in terms of teaching Portuguese to non-native speakers.

Grading Policy

The final grade is determined by a percentage of points earned for the semester (A=90+, B=80+, C=70+, D=60+): Attendance 10 % Transcription Exercises 25 % Acoustics Exercises 25 % Term Project 40 % TOTAL 100 %


Silva, Thais Cristófaro. (1999). Fonética e fonologia do português.Contexto: São Paulo (ISBN 8572-441026) Perini, Mario (2002). Modern Portuguese: A Reference Grammar. Yale University Press. (ISBN 0-300-09155-9) Given the nature of the course, readings will focus on issues as published in such journals as Cadernos de Estudos Lingüísticos and Actas do Congresso Internacional sobre o português.


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