Luanne Andersson

Retired Associate Professor, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Undergraduate Course: Phonetics

Course Description

SLPA-11010    Phonetics                                                                            NLA

An introduction to the study of speech sounds used in the production of American English. Emphasis is placed on (1) sound to symbol transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet, as well as (2) development of transcription speed and accuracy. Anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism are introduced for the purpose of describing speech sound production. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)


Selected Learner Objectives

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. broadly transcribe all vowels and consonants in  monosyllabic, bisyllabic, and multisyllabic words using the International Phonetic Alphabet
  2. use transcription conventions appropriately when transcribing words
  3. broadly transcribe words that have been mispronounced and describe the mispronunciation based on errors in manner/place/voice or on use of phonological processes

Students who are registered in the SLP major when they enter Ithaca College as freshmen typically take Phonetics during their first year on campus, either in the fall or the spring. Students who transfer into the major take this course later in their course sequence. Phonetics is the pre-requisite for SLPA 22000 Articulation and Phonological Development and Disorders, which is offered in the spring semester.

The textbook for Phonetics is:

Small, Larry (2016). Fundamentals of Phonetics: A practical guide for students (4th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

The CDs that accompany this text should also be purchased.