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FDT3314 Articulatory phonetics 7.5 credits

A brief overview is given below You will need access to the Canvas pages. To register for the course, please e-mail, and you will receive further instructions.  The main textbook of the course is Gick, Wilson and Derrick:  Articulatory Phonetics. We will call this book “AP. It is available as a paperback or an e-book. You will need to order this book as soon as possible.

The first two hours of each session (13:15-15:00) will be devoted to the literature and theory, that you will have read in advance. The second two hours of each session will be devoted to laboratory-oriented practical analysis and simulation of voice and speech sounds. Remote participation will be possible. The second two hours are labs; remote participation may be awkward but is not compulsory.

Session 1: Wednesday 6 April, 13:15 – 17:00.
Readings: AP Chapters 1, 2, 3 (basic anatomy and neural control) + articles

Session 2: Wednesday 13 April
Readings: AP Chapters 4, 5 (breathing and voice source) and handouts (source-filter theory & quantal theory)

Session 3: Wednesday, 27 April
Readings: AP Chapters 6, 7 (articulation in the larynx and the velum)

Session 4: Wednesday 11 May
Readings: AP Chapter 8 (articulation of vowels and two tube vowel models)

Session 5: Wednesday 18 May
Readings: AP Chapters 9 (consonants, fricatives) + articles

Session 6: Wednesday 25 May
Readings: AP Chapters 10, 11 (labial sounds, combined articulation, nasals and laterals).


Course offerings are missing for current or upcoming semesters.
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDT3314 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

There will be six 2 hour-sessions using the two textbooks as the framework. For each session there is a corresponding lab session using VocalTractLab (Birkholz).

Course contents

 (AP stands for Articulatory Phonetics (Gick) and AAP for Acoustic & Auditory Phonetics (Johnson). )
Session 1: Readings: AP Chapters 1, 2, 3 (basic anatomy and neural control). Introduction to VocalTractLab.
Session 2: Readings: AP Chapters 4, 5 (breathing and voice source) and AAP Chapter 2 (source-filter theory & quantal theory). Voice source models in VocalTract lab.
Session 3: Readings: AP Chapter 8 AAP Chapter 6 (articulation of vowels and two tube vowel models). Articulation and production of vowels in VocalTractLab.
Session 4: Readings: AP Chapters 6, 7 (articulation in the larynx and the velum).
Session 5: Readings: AP Chapters 9 AAP Chapter 7, 8  (consonants, fricatives)
Session 6: Readings: AP Chapters 10, 11 AAP Chapter 9 (labial sounds, combined articulation, nasals and laterals). Production of complete utterances in VocalTractLab. Demo of ArtiSynth, a state-of-the-art modelling system from the University of British Columbia, Canada (Fels et al.)

Intended learning outcomes

Be able to

  • describe in detail the mechanisms of human voice production
  • make basic computations of formant frequencies from geometric models of the vocal tract
  • simulate isolated given words using an articulatory model of the voice organ
  • give an overview of the state-of-the-art in research in articulatory phonetics
  • describe the major simulation methods: source-filter, articulatory modelling, physics-based modelling

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

 DT2112 Speech Technology (KTH) or a second-cycle course in phonetics or linguistics


 The articulatory voice simulation system VocalTractLab (Windows, Linux),


 Articulatory Phonetics (Gick) and Acoustic & Auditory Phonetics (Johnson)

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • EXA1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

 Active participation in all seminars, preferably on location, remote participation will be possible. Completion of reading assignments. Performing simulations of speech sounds during the labs.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Sten Ternström

Supplementary information

Readings and discussion of relevant seminal research articles in connection with each session.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Speech, Music and Hearing