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SPCH80400 - Seminar in Speech Perception

 
 

SPCH80400 - Seminar in Speech Perception

80400 - Seminar in Speech Perception - 3 Credits (Cross-listed with LING79500)
COURSE OFFERING: Fall 2015
Day/Time: Monday 2:00 - 4:00pm
Room: 7102
Instructor: Dr. Douglas Whalen
Email: dwhalen@gc.cuny.edu
Office: 7400.16
Phone: (212) 817-8806

Course description:
Speech perception seems simple because all typically developing humans perform it easily, but humans are biologically geared to overcome the complications thanks to thousands of years of evolution. In this class, we will explore some of the phenomena that show speech perception to be quite involved, such variability, categoricity, categorical perception, loss of phonetic sensitivity during acquisition, and the effect of first language on second language perception. Major theories, such as Quantal Theory, the Motor Theory, acoustic theories generally and exemplar theory, will be discussed in detail. Implications for linguistic sound systems, language impairment, and second language learning will be explored. The course assumes familiarity with phonetics.