PLIN0065 Intermediate Phonetics
UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
PLIN0065 Intermediate Phonetics

Introduction to the course


To discuss fundamental theoretical and empirical questions arising from the scientific study of spoken linguistic communication. To provide participants with hands-on experience of analysing phonetic data. To introduce modern experimental techniques in the study of Phonetics and modern applications of Phonetic science.


After completing the module, participants should be in a better position to:


The syllabus covers essential topics in Phonetics, including: the domain of Phonetics, principles of Phonetic analysis, speech acoustics, quantitative assessment of phonation and pitch, acoustic characterisation of vowels and consonants, sound sequences and suprasegmentals, paralinguistic phenomena, speaker characterisation.

Lectures, Labs & Tutorials

Each week the course will offer the student: 1.5 hours of pre-recorded lecture videos; 1-1.5 hours of lecture Q&A, activities, and tutorial; 1 hour laboratory. The timetable slots are longer than these estimates, which will leave time for additional discussion (if needed) without clashing with other modules. Lecture videos will be made available during the week before the content is discussed, allowing the student enough time to digest the lecture content, post questions on the weekly Moodle Q&A forum, and come prepared for content discussion.


Lectures (pre-recorded)Thursday (prior week)Moodle page
Lecture Q&A, TutorialMonday 10:00-11:30Online
LaboratoryThursday 12:00-14:00Chandler House B07

Contact Details

Lecturer & TutorChris


UG assessment is through two 1500 word essays/lab-reports; PG assessment is through one 2000 word essay/lab-report. These will be based around topics that have been covered in the lectures and will incorporate data collected from activities in the laboratory session(s). You will have an opportunity to submit a practice lab report to get feedback on style in advance of the first assessment.

The provisional dates are as follows:

TitleDate SetDate Due
Practice21 October4 November
UG Assessment 118 November7 December
UG Assessment 2 / PG Assessment2 December11 January

Assessments must be submitted in electronic format through the Moodle site before midnight.


The course has a moodle page at

The Moodle site will contain links to pre-recorded lecture videos, course notes, lecture slides, and additional resources.


The course handbook is written as a set of web pages and can be found at:

The web design used for the course handbook is designed to be readable on portable devices. Course notes can also be converted for the Kindle e-book reader using an application such as

Course notes will not be printed. They contain many web links and interactive multimedia that are lost on printing. If you require a printed version you will need to print them yourself.


The course notes will index a range of web sites containing useful information about the topics. Use these to help develop your understanding of the concepts covered.

Each week a small number of readings will be set. Students should strive to read as much as possible around the topics covered on the course. Readings will be described as "Essential" or "Background". Where possible, essential readings will be made available on-line.

The course notes also contain a 'Reflections' heading which you can use to test your understanding of the material. You should make sure you are able to answer these questions before you come to the tutorial session. If you are confused by any of these, bring your questions to the tutorial.

Use the Moodle Discussion forum for any specific questions you have outside the tutorial time. Also post messages if you find other interesting web sites relevant to the course.

Text Books

No single text book covers all the material included in the course at an appropriate level of description. The following are recommended and all are available in the Language Sciences Library on the second floor of Chandler House.

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Introductory Books

Advanced Books

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