Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Ball, MJ, Perkins, MR, Muller, N & Howard, S, 2011, The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford.
  • Crystal, D, 1992, Profiling Linguistic Disability, Whurr Publishers, London.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%
Exam: closed book50%

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