UC Berkeley Phonology Lab

courses in phonetics.


Phonology Lab

50-52 Dwinelle Hall
University of California, Berkeley


Ling 110. Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

Description, transcription, and analysis of human speech sounds in their linguistic, physiological, and acoustic aspects. The course focuses on physiological mechanisms that might be involved in sound change and synchronic phonology.


Ling 113. Experimental Phonetics

This course provides the student with hands-on experience in methods of experimental phonetic research, including the acoustic analysis and synthesis of speech, recording and interpreting aerodynamic parameters during speech (air flow, air pressure), and collecting static palatography data. The design of perception tests and reaction time tests will also be covered, along with simple statistics and methods of presenting results graphically.


Ling 210. TheoreticalPhonetics

Phonetic theory is a reading course in which students read classic and newly published research articles on selected topics in linguistic phonetics, present and debate them in class, and write reviews and responses to about five "target" articles. Students also design (but don't conduct) a larger research project.


Individual Studies

Undergraduate students who have taken Ling110 may enroll with Prof. Johnson for individual studies credit (Ling199) and work in the lab as a research assistant. This is a good way to get to know the faculty and graduate students in the lab and be involved in research projects "hands on".

Honors thesis

Students planning to apply for graduate school in Linguistics should also plan to write an honors thesis. Each year one or two students complete a thesis in the lab, conducting high quality original research. Please contact Prof. Johnson if you are interested in writing a thesis.