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This interdisciplinary Linguistics course introduces students to the articulatory (how sounds are physiologically produced), acoustic (how speech is transmitted as sound waves), and perceptual (how the brain translates sound waves to meaningful units) aspects of speech sounds. While we use language to communicate everyday, we tend to ignore the complex nature of speech.

Students will gain hands-on skills in analyzing different components of speech sounds while also building an understanding of the dynamic processes of speech production and perception. Because speech communication is also a way to form social relations and identities, we will also address how speech sounds can contribute to social performances, reflect pressing social issues, and construct cultural ideology.

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Session One
Accepting Waitlist Applications
at the time of application
on the first day of session