This course is designed for students who are writing graduation theses on phonetics. We will read a number of articles related to the topics students are interested in. All students are required to read the articles critically, and actively participate in class discussion. Through reading, we will also study the organization of academic papers, and how writers collect and present phonetic data to support their argument.
Attendance, reading assignments, oral presentation, and term paper.
Reading materials will be distributed in class.
Preliminary reading and active participation in class discussion.
Topics to be read and discussed include: -Contrastive analysis of regional accents -The role of standard dialect and accent in society -Foreign accent and intelligibility -Code-switching -The role of paralanguage and gesture in communication -The function of rising tones in English -Liquids and flapping -English vowel system and vowel reduction -Mora and syllable -Comparison of English and Japanese consonants -The use of katakana to transcribe English -Connected speech phenomena
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