Fonetica (2020/2021)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
cod wi: DT000027
Name of lecturer
Renzo Miotti
Renzo Miotti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
A.A. 20/21 dottorato dal Oct 1, 2020 al Sep 30, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the seminar, PhD students will be able to:
- know the evolution of phonetic transcription systems;
- contrast different systems of phonetic notation;
- highlight potentialities and problematic aspects of each notation system;
- reflect on the displacement between phonetic notation systems and orthographic systems and, consequently, between phonic structures and orthography;
- become familiar with phonetic symbols as a tool to accurately describe the phonic structures of languages;
- reflect, through phonetic transcriptions, on the phonetic and phonological structures of languages;
- know the basic notions of general phonetics.


The seminar intends to provide some fundamental notions on the principles of phonetic notation and on the tools (phonetic alphabets) that have been developed, throughout the history of linguistics, to visually represent, in the most rigorous way possible, the pronunciation of languages: from national ones , designed for specific geolinguistic realities, to the international one (IPA and extended versions). The seminar is structured in two parts: the first, diachronic, outlines the history of the notation systems; the second aims to illustrate the international phonetic alphabet (IPA) and provide some application examples, through the commentary on transcripts, also in a contrastive key, in order to highlight not only its potential but also its problematic aspects. Finally, by becoming familiar with phonetic symbols, doctoral students will acquire the basic notions of general phonetics (phonatory apparatus, mechanisms of sound production and classification of the same, based on articulatory parameters).

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