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SPHL3308 – Speech Production

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Michael Proctor
Lecturer
Titia Benders
Lecturer
Anita Szakay
Nick Wilson
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(50cp at 2000 level or above including SPHL2216 or SPHL299 or SPH399) OR (Admission to DipSpCom and LING2217 or LING217)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Speech is one of the most complex, yet most natural human behaviours, involving fine coordination of rapidly moving articulators. In this unit, we explore the mechanisms used by speakers of all languages to produce different consonants, vowels, syllables, and larger phonological structures, in infinitely expressive ways. We examine the anatomy and physiology of respiration, phonation, and articulation; the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of speech and language; development and evolution of speech; and methods used for studying speech production. Practical exercises include analysis of speech gestures in articulographic data.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate understanding of respiratory anatomy and physiology, and its use in speech
  • ULO2: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of laryngeal anatomy and phonatory physiology
  • ULO3: Identify the various structures associated with articulatory anatomy and physiology and demonstrate an understanding of how these are employed in speech production
  • ULO4: Demonstrate an understanding of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of speech and language
  • ULO5: Analyse and report on speech data collected via speech physiology instrumentation to engage with theoretical issues in phonetics
  • ULO6: Describe important aspects of evolution, development and aging in relation to speech production
  • ULO7: Engage in a research rich environment

General Assessment Information

Submission of all assessment tasks is a requirement. Failure to complete all assessment tasks may result in failure in the whole unit even if the total marks for completed tasks add up to more than 50%. Failure results from the learning outcomes of the unit not being met.

Lateness

Late submissions without an extension will receive a penalty of 3% of the total mark available for the assessment task per day including weekend days (i.e. this is 3% of the total marks possible for the task – NOT 3% of the marks the student received. For example, if the assessment task is worth 100 marks and the student is two days late their mark for the task is reduced by 6 marks).

Late submission of an assessment task without an extension will not be accepted at all after the date on which marked assessment tasks have been released to the rest of the class. Any student with unsubmitted work at this date will receive a mark of 0 for the assessment task.

Extensions will only be given in special circumstances, and can be requested by completing the Special Consideration request at: ask.mq.edu.au, and providing the requisite supporting documentation. Extensions that will result in submissions after the assessment task has been returned to the class will require a separate assessment task to be completed at the unit convenor's discretion.

For more information on Special Consideration, see: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration

If a student fails the unit due to non-submission of an assessment task or non-attendance at an exam, an FA grade will be applied in accordance with the University's Assessment Policy. Unit convenors have the discretion to determine whether or not students should fail a unit on the basis of lateness penalties alone if other learning outcomes of the unit have been met.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Breathing Quiz 10% No Week 3
Speech Data Analysis 30% No Weeks 5, 10, 12
Articulographic Analysis 25% No Week 8
Research Participation 5% No Week 13
Final Exam 30% No Exam Period

Breathing Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0.5 hours
Due: Week 3
Weighting: 10%

 

Understanding of respiratory anatomy and physiology will be examined in a 30 minute online quiz, consisting of a mixture of short answer and multiple choice questions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of respiratory anatomy and physiology, and its use in speech

Speech Data Analysis

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Weeks 5, 10, 12
Weighting: 30%

 

Understanding of speech physiology and key methods used to study speech production are examined in problem sets. Each problem set will involve analysis of real speech data. Students will apply their knowledge of the methods used to acquire the data to demonstrate insights into the phonetic properties of the speech samples.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of respiratory anatomy and physiology, and its use in speech
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of laryngeal anatomy and phonatory physiology
  • Identify the various structures associated with articulatory anatomy and physiology and demonstrate an understanding of how these are employed in speech production
  • Analyse and report on speech data collected via speech physiology instrumentation to engage with theoretical issues in phonetics
  • Engage in a research rich environment

Articulographic Analysis

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 25%

 

The speech gestures underlying consonants and vowels will be identified and analyzed in an utterance of real speech. Data from a speech production database will be analyzed using tools for articulographic analysis. Understanding of speech gestures, coarticulatory processes, and the relationship between articulation and the acoustic speech signal will be demonstrated in a research report describing the findings of the analysis.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify the various structures associated with articulatory anatomy and physiology and demonstrate an understanding of how these are employed in speech production
  • Analyse and report on speech data collected via speech physiology instrumentation to engage with theoretical issues in phonetics
  • Engage in a research rich environment

Research Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 5%

 

Students will participate in a study to learn more about current research directions in speech and language, and to gain first-hand experience in the research process. Research participation typically involves one hour of your time. You will be able to choose from a short list of studies being conducted by researchers in Linguistics, Psychology, and Cognitive Science. Both in-person and online participation options will be available. If you do not wish to participate in any of the available studies, you will be given the option of completing an alternative assessment task to satisfy this component of the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Engage in a research rich environment

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1.5 hours
Due: Exam Period
Weighting: 30%

 

Knowledge and understanding of the topics covered in the unit will be assessed in a written examination requiring extended responses to a range of questions and problems.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of respiratory anatomy and physiology, and its use in speech
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of laryngeal anatomy and phonatory physiology
  • Identify the various structures associated with articulatory anatomy and physiology and demonstrate an understanding of how these are employed in speech production
  • Demonstrate an understanding of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of speech and language
  • Analyse and report on speech data collected via speech physiology instrumentation to engage with theoretical issues in phonetics
  • Describe important aspects of evolution, development and aging in relation to speech production

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit is designed to foster a detailed understanding of the mechanisms of speech production, including speech anatomy and speech physiology, and the methods used to study speech production processes. These concepts will be studied through an extensive set of readings and multimedia resources, and will be consolidated in a series of companion lectures, workshops and assessment tasks.

Topics to be covered include: respiratory physiology and anatomy; laryngeal anatomy; phonation; articulatory anatomy and physiology; articulatory investigative techniques; neuroanatomy and neurophysiology; and speech production from a developmental perspective. In workshops and assessment tasks, you will be presented with speech data for analysis, to consolidate your understanding of breathing, phonation, articulation, speech kinematics, and the ways that these mechanisms combine to produce different types of speech. The unit provides students with essential theoretical and practical skills that are fundamental to further study of speech and which assist clinicians in keeping abreast of current research findings in speech and hearing.

This unit has been altered to accommodate our delivery provisions in compliance with current COVID-19 requirements (Special Circumstance delivery). Practical workshops will be offered on-campus while keeping an online version available for those students who choose to continue their studies online (selected via eStudent). Seminars will be conducted online at the end of each week, after students have engaged with all learning materials and attended workshops.

Preparation for and attendance at all classes is expected. Classes are designed to consolidate concepts introduced in readings, through explanation and presentation of examples, engagement with different types of data, questions, discussion, and seminar-type exercises. Learning the concepts necessary to gain a solid understanding of speech production and speech analysis techniques requires dedication, practice, and engagement. We are here to support your learning and we can only do this successfully through structured contact to guide you through the materials and techniques. It is your responsibility to actively engage in the learning process with your teachers and peers.

Unit Schedule

Details of all topics, readings, class schedules, and assessment tasks are provided on iLearn, and updated each week. It is your responsibility to consult iLearn regularly, and make sure you are prepared for each class by familiarizing yourself with all learning resources and requirements.

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Results

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