The topic builds on SPTH1506 Linguistics & Phonetics 1. It presents an introduction to (1) the grammatical analysis of English sentences; (2) the phonetics and phonology of English, with particular reference to connected speech and (3) the acoustic analysis of speech signals and their quantitative measurement. Issues covered include: connected speech processes, feature geometry, analysis of prosody, grammatical categories and functions, the structure of noun phrases, verb phrases, adverbials and complex sentences, sentence semantics, pragmatics, wave form and spectral analysis, source-filter theory and digital speech processing. Students will also acquire practical skills in syntactic analysis, phonetic transcription, and the measurement and analysis of speech signals using signal processing software.
This topic aims to:
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