Using field data in phonetics classes

Seunghun J. Lee


All phonetics classes teach acoustic phonetics that requires that learners develop an understanding of various concepts such as voice onset time and formants, build skills to use Praat for analyzing data, and apply phonetic knowledge in understanding sound systems of understudied languages. This paper showcases three understudied languages for teaching these concepts. Voice onset time is introduced with Dzongkha data that has a four- way laryngeal contrast. Contrastive duration in Miyakoan Ryukyuan helps learners to understand the acoustics of singleton versus geminates. Vowels in Xitsonga are used for demonstrating the relationship between formants and vowel qualities in a five-vowel system.


 DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2018-16

Cite as: Lee, S.J. (2018) Using field data in phonetics classes. Proc. ISAPh 2018 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics, 88-91, DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2018-16.


@inproceedings{Lee2018,
  author={Seunghun J. Lee},
  title={{Using field data in phonetics classes}},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. ISAPh 2018 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics},
  pages={88--91},
  doi={10.21437/ISAPh.2018-16},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/ISAPh.2018-16}
}