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Admission requirements

Background in phonetics and phonology. Students are expected to be familiar with the contents of a general phonetics textbook, such as Rietveld & van Heuven (2009) Algemene Fonetiek [General Phonetics] (Coutinho, Bussum), Ladefoged (2001) A Course in Phonetics. Students should have completed the course Analysis and Synthesis of Speech (5194KTH06) by Jos Pacilly. Knowledge of statistics, e-prime, and Praat would be a plus.


This course explores topics on sound and sound structure by critically reading and discussing a series of articles and working jointly on experiments which address research questions that arise in the context of the assigned literature.

Course objectives

After taking this class, students should be able to

  • understand the concepts and fundamental questions in several specific research areas concerning sound and sound structure.

  • learn how to conduct an experiment to address a question of scientific interest.

  • critically evaluate original research articles (their goals, methods, findings, and interpretations) in the area of experimental phonetics.

  • give an oral presentation on a scientific paper to a group of peers and to evaluate peer presentations.

  • summarize and synthesize the literature to write up a literature review.

  • write up the experimental results as a research project.


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction

Seminar in English which includes lectures, student presentations, and hands-on projects

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours

  • hours spent on attending lectures and preparing for discussions: 40 hours

  • time for studying the compulsory literature + hands on project: 60 hours

  • time to write a report (including reading literature + writing up of the results): 40 hours

Assessment method

  • Oral presentations of 1) the reading materials and 2) your research proposal (40%)

  • Peer-review of your participation and contribution to the class 30%

  • Final assignment (end-term final paper): 30%

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of the course, as well as specific information about updates/current affairs of the course.

Reading list

Mainly journal articles.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch


Dr. D.J. van de Velde

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies