Introduction to Phonetics

Introduction to Phonetics
Perfecting listening and speaking skills through applying phonetics and acoustic analysis; practicing speaking and listening.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 RecommendedGerm 301, 302, 303, 330.
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining GERM 344
Course Outcomes

Principles of Phonetics

Understand and be able to describe the general principles of phonetics, e.g., what the difference is between stops, fricatives, nasals, how voicing is produced, the parts of the articulatory tract, etc.;

German Phonetic and Phonemic Systems

be able to describe the German phonetic and phonemic system and how it differs from the native language (i.e., English) and be able to provide the names of each of the sounds in both English and German;

Pronunciation Refinement

have eliminated phonemic errors (wrong sounds) and further refined their own pronunciation (reducing or eliminating foreign accent);

International Phonetic Alphabet

be able to use IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) to transcribe the German language;

Articulation of German Phonemes and Allophones

be able to describe the articulation of the German phonemes and allophones;

Evaluating and Improving Pronunciation

be able to employ the tools learned in class to both evaluate and improve their own pronunciation of German as well as the pronunciation of others (including but not limited to articulatory explanations, rudimentary acoustic analysis, etc.);

Improving General Proficiency

have taken the opportunity to improve their general proficiency, including grammar, vocabulary, cultural knowledge and functional ability;

Describing and Evaluating Variation in Spoken German

be able to describe and evaluate variation in spoken German by both native and non-native speakers.