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Gold Coast Session 2 N/A

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Provides the foundation phonetic and psycholinguistic knowledge and skills necessary for speech pathology clinical practice, particularly appraisal of speech, language and discourse differences and deficits. Students develop skills in phonetic transcription and analysis of speech and phonological analyses and skills in applied analysis systems involving morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse.

Unit content

Topic 1: The Speech Chain
Topic 2: Properties of speech sounds and International Phonetic Alphabet for phonetic transcription of consonants and vowels
Topic 3: Considering speech sounds according to generative phonology
Topic 4: Applying the articulatory-phonology approach to analysing speech
Topic 5: Natural phonology and its application for the area of child speech
Topic 6: Using optimality theory to consider segmental and suprasegmental aspects of speech
Topic 7: Taking and analysing language samples
Topic 8: Appraising pragmatics, semantics and signing
Topic 9: Analysing morphology, syntax and discourse
Topic 10: Analysing written language
Topic 11: Diversity in speech and language: Characteristics that influence profiles
Topic 12: Psycholinguistics and its relevance for the field of Speech Pathology

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe and transcribe the sounds of spoken language using appropriate graphic symbols and the International Phonetic Alphabet
2 describe phonetic and phonological approaches (generative, natural, optimality and articulatory-phonology) to the analysis of speech
3 explain the system and structure of language and approaches to analysing pragmatics, semantics, morphology, syntax and discourse within oral and written language samples
4 outline the phenomenon of signing and its relevance in relation to clinical linguistics
5 describe diversity in speech and language
6 discuss the notion of psycholinguistics and its relevance for the field of Speech Pathology
7 reflect on the relevance of phonetics and linguistics for describing disorders of communication.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and transcribe the sounds of spoken language using appropriate graphic symbols and the International Phonetic Alphabet
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. describe phonetic and phonological approaches (generative, natural, optimality and articulatory-phonology) to the analysis of speech
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. explain the system and structure of language and approaches to analysing pragmatics, semantics, morphology, syntax and discourse within oral and written language samples
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. outline the phenomenon of signing and its relevance in relation to clinical linguistics
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. describe diversity in speech and language
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. discuss the notion of psycholinguistics and its relevance for the field of Speech Pathology
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. reflect on the relevance of phonetics and linguistics for describing disorders of communication.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Crystal, D, Profiling Linguistic Disability, 2nd edn, Whurr Publishers, London.
  • McGregor, WB, 2009, Linguistics: An introduction, Continuum International Publishing Group, London.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.