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Foundations of speech sciences

Associate teachers


ECTS credits


Number of hours: Lectures + Seminars + Exercises

30 / 15 / 15

Course objectives

The aims of the course are to introduce speech phenomena from interdisciplinary perspective (phonetic, linguistic, psychological, biological, motor control, neuroscience etc.); to demonstrate methods and procedures for speech analysis, introduce concepts in speech perception, production and development and their role in cognitive science, raise current research questions in the field and ways of addressing those research questions with use of technology in interdisciplinary research and technological teams.

Enrolment requirements and/or entry competences required for the course


Learning outcomes at the level of the programme to which the course contributes

  • Design and conduct an interdisciplinary research project in cognitive science.
  • Apply specific knowledge and skills from selected disciplines constituting cognitive science.
  • Integrate insights, methods, and levels of analysis across different disciplines into a unified framework for understanding the human mind and cognition in general.
  • Apply interdisciplinary approach in examining phenomena pertaining to cognition.
  • Employ diverse disciplinary tools in exploring and describing the nature of cognitive processes.
  • Plan and track personal professional growth.

Course content (syllabus)

  • L:Determination of the speech phenomenon. Multidisciplinary approaches to speech phenomenon.
    S: Guidelines, research reader presentation etc.
    E: Visit of the speech research laboratories.
  • L:Traditional and contemporary approaches to speech research. Language and speech.
    S: Class discussion: principles of phonetics.
    E: Tools for speech analysis.
  • L: Acoustic analysis of speech – parameters.
    S: Class discussion: What is measured in speech.
    E: Recording of speech signal.
  • L: Speech perception.
    S: Class discussion about research topics in speech perception.
    E: Experimenting with speech perception.
  • L: Auditory cognitive framework
    S: Class discussion about the need of Auditory cognitive framework.
    E: Assessment of hearing and listening.
  • L: Psychoacoustics
    S: Class discussion about psychoacoustic influence on the quality of life.
    E: Demonstration of psychoacoustic phenomena.
  • L: Research questions in speech perception.
    S: Class discussion on connection between speech perception and new technologies
    E: Objective and subjective methods of hearing assessment.
  • L: Speech production
    S: Class discussion on speech production.
    E: Motor ability of vocal tract – exercises.
  • L: Instrumental methods and techniques in speech production research.
    S: Class discussion on application of instrumental methods in speech production – advantages and disadvantages.
    E: Demonstrations of instrumental techniques.
  • L: Research questions in speech production.
    S: Class discussion of current topics in speech production.
    E: Instrumental methods and techniques – application in research and practice.
  • L: Speech development – perceptual categories, representations, and vocabulary.
    S: Class discussion on perceptual development.
    E: Measuring perceptual and vocabulary development.
  • L: Speech development – development and alignment of motor and cognitive skills.
    S: Class discussion on dynamic systems interaction during speech development.
    E: Case study.
  • L: Research questions in speech development.
    S: Class discussion on current research questions.
    E: Case study (2)
  • L: Speech and hearing disorders.
    S: Class discussion on auditory processing.
    E: Case study (3)
  • L: Use of technology in speech and hearing disorders – diagnosis and intervention.
    S: Class discussion od hearing aids and speech supporting technologies.
    E: Demonstration of hearing aids use.

Student responsibilities

Oral and written exam. Participation in class discussions. Attendance of exercises.

Required literature

  • Hardcastle, W. J., & Gibbon, F. E. (Eds.). (2013). The handbook of phonetic sciences (2. ed.,). Wiley-Blackwell. Selected chapters
  • Holt, L. L., & Lotto, A. J. (2008). Speech Perception Within an Auditory Cognitive Science Framework. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(1), 42–46. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00545.x
  • Laver, J. (1994). Principles of phonetics. Cambridge University Press. Selected chapters
  • Müller, N., & Ball, M. J. (Eds.). (2013). Research methods in clinical linguistics and phonetics: A practical guide. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Styler, W. (2014). Using Praat for linguistic research. Version 1.4.5.. Retrieved from: http://savethevowels.org/praat
  • Pisoni, D. B., & Remez, R. E. (2005). The handbook of speech perception. Blackwell Pub. Selected chapters.

Optional literature

  • Reader collection for seminar discussions. Updated each academic year.