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 email@example.com, 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).
Information for research students about course offerings
KTH period 4 (April-June 2022)
Content and learning outcomes
(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
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).
Literature and preparations
DT2112 Speech Technology (KTH) or a second-cycle course in phonetics or linguistics
The articulatory voice simulation system VocalTractLab (Windows, Linux), https://vocaltractlab.de/
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.
- 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
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web FDT3314
Main field of study
Readings and discussion of relevant seminal research articles in connection with each session.