A Discussion of some Acoustic Measurements of English Vowel Sounds, in which you first present acoustic measurements of some English vowel sounds that were collected from the class in the laboratory, then interpret these measurements with respect to the earlier discussion about the Phonetics and Phonology of vowels.

You should write an introduction to the articulation, phonology and acoustics
of vowels at a level suitable for a new first year undergraduate to understand.

Your essay should consist of three sections:
An Introduction to the Phonetics of Vowel Sounds, in which you discuss how the
human speech production mechanism generates vowel sounds, including a description
of the articulatory and acoustic processes.

An Introduction to the Phonology of Vowels, in which you discuss how the human
capacity for making vowel sounds is exploited to make phonological contrasts in
English and in one other language.

A Discussion of some Acoustic Measurements of English Vowel Sounds, in which
you first present acoustic measurements of some English vowel sounds that were
collected from the class in the laboratory, then interpret these measurements with
respect to the earlier discussion about the Phonetics and Phonology of vowels.

The use of tables and figures is encouraged.

Your essay will be judged under the headings:
scene setting;
description of vowel production;
explanation of vowel articulation;
explanation of vowel acoustics;
discussion of phonology of English vowels;
discussion of phonology of vowels in another language;
presentation of formant frequency measurements of class vowels;
interpretation of formant frequency data;
level of explanation and use of technical language;
use of sources and referencing

 

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