Speech Communication

Courses Taught by Dr. Markus Brückl

Winter semester 2022/23

Seminar: Introduction to experimental phonetics (BA-KulT SK 5)

ISIS course

Students complete assessed coursework in the form of exercises on different topics, to be submitted by a designated deadline. An introduction to the topic is provided with each exercise. Students can work on the exercises individually during subsequent meetings. Exercises are completed using Praat.

 

 

Seminar: Introduction to empirical methods for analyzing speech communication (BA-KulT SK 5)

ISIS course

Introduction to the quantitative-empirical methodology using the example of research in oral communication for the Bachelor's degree in Culture and Technology, core subject Language and Communication (BA-KulT SK 5)

Seminar: Speech information processing / Speech production with Praat (MA-SK 4b)

ISIS course

Students complete assessed coursework in the form of exercises on different topics, to be submitted by a designated deadline. An introduction to the topic is provided with each exercise. Students can work on the exercises individually during subsequent meetings. Exercises are completed using Praat.

Seminar: Voice and age (MA-SK 5b/ MA-MED 7/4)

ISIS course

Students complete assessed coursework in the form of a project work, meaning a written report on your planned and executed research project.

 

Summer semester 2022

Seminar: Acoustic fundamentals of speech transmission (BA-KulT SK 4)

Content: Introduction to the acoustics of spoken communication – acoustics for speech scientists

Topics:

  • Basic concepts in acoustics
  • What does acoustics have to do with language?
  • Signals and systems
  • Filters
  • Spectrum analysis
  • Acoustic models of language production

Requirements: Students receive exercises for each topic to be completed independently. A sample solution is provided after one week.

Grading: The course concludes with a written exam with questions about all topics covered throughout the semester. The exam grade is the students’ final grade for the course.

Attendance (under normal circumstances): Attendance is not mandatory, except for the final exam. Students can complete the exercises outside of class time. However, we recommend attending the seminars to ask questions and hear answers to other questions as learning as a group is often more beneficial than alone.

Seminar: Applied aspects of language signal analysis (BA-KulT SK 5)

Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to use language analysis software (Praat)
  • Ability to conduct measurements using Praat
  • Ability to automate measurements using Praat scripts

Format:

  • Lectures by the instructor
  • Exercises

Topics:

  • Annotation and measurements in time domains
  • Formants and measurements in frequency ranges
  • Basic frequency, intonation & voice analysis
  • Introduction to writing scripts
  • Creation of a listening experiment

Requirements and workload:

  • 3 credit points (workload of approx. 90 hours)
  • The module and seminar grade are determined through a portfolio assessment. The exercises completed throughout the semester serve as the exam-equivalent performance.

Seminar: Empirical methods for analyzing oral communication (MA-SK 4b)

Learning outcomes: This practical course provides students with an understanding of the principles of scientific practice in the field of oral communication.

Content:

  • Introduction to the theoretical principles of empirical research and experimental design
  • Design and execution of independent examinations of oral communication, including:
    • Explanation of selected statistical procedures
    • Introduction to statistics software and language
    • R (with Rcmdr and/or RStudio)
    • Introduction to the speech processing program Praat - including a written research report

Requirements and workload:

  • 4 credit points (workload of approx. 120 hours)
  • Portfolio assessment; students complete a (group) report on their own investigation in the form of (short) scientific articles (max. 10 A4 pages) serving as exam-equivalent performance.

Seminar: Forensic speaker assessment (MA-SK 5b)

Learning outcomes:

  • Basic understanding of special forensic issues and problems
  • Ability to apply phonetic and speech research know-how in the forensic field through
  • Literature review and practical training using concrete exercises/example cases

Content:

  • How and when forensic phonetics is used
  • Discussion and application of selected methods
  • Creation of an assessment

Requirements and workload:

  • 4 credit points (workload of approx. 120 hours)
  • The module and seminar grade are calculated through a portfolio assessment. Students are required to complete a written report in the form of an expert assessment (approx. 10 DIN A 4 pages) serving as exam-equivalent performance.

Winter semester 2021/22

Seminar: Introduction to experimental phonetics (BA-KulT SK 5)

ISIS course

Students complete assessed coursework in the form of exercises on different topics, to be submitted by a designated deadline. An introduction to the topic is provided with each exercise. Students can work on the exercises individually during subsequent meetings. Exercises are completed using Praat.

 

 

Seminar: Transcription methods (BA-KulT SK 6)

Seminar: Speech information processing / Speech production with Praat (MA-SK 4b)

ISIS course

Students complete assessed coursework in the form of exercises on different topics, to be submitted by a designated deadline. An introduction to the topic is provided with each exercise. Students can work on the exercises individually during subsequent meetings. Exercises are completed using Praat.

Seminar: Voice and age (MA-SK 5b/ MA-MED 7/4)

Summer semester 2021

Seminar: Acoustic fundamentals of speech transmission (BA-KulT SK 4)

Content: Introduction to the acoustics of spoken communication – acoustics for speech scientists

Topics:

  • Basic concepts in acoustics
  • What does acoustics have to do with language?
  • Signals and systems
  • Filters
  • Spectrum analysis
  • Acoustic models of language production

Requirements: Students receive exercises for each topic to be completed independently. A sample solution is provided after one week.

Grading: The course concludes with a written exam with questions about all topics covered throughout the semester. The exam grade is the students’ final grade for the course.

Attendance (under normal circumstances): Attendance is not mandatory, except for the final exam. Students can complete the exercises outside of class time. However, we recommend attending the seminars to ask questions and hear answers to other questions as learning as a group is often more beneficial than alone.

Seminar: Applied aspects of language signal analysis (BA-KulT SK 5)

Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to use language analysis software (Praat)
  • Ability to conduct measurements using Praat
  • Ability to automate measurements using Praat scripts

Format:

  • Lectures by the instructor
  • Exercises

Topics:

  • Annotation and measurements in time domains
  • Formants and measurements in frequency ranges
  • Basic frequency, intonation & voice analysis
  • Introduction to writing scripts
  • Creation of a listening experiment

Requirements and workload:

  • 3 credit points (workload of approx. 90 hours)
  • The module and seminar grade are determined through a portfolio assessment. The exercises completed throughout the semester serve as exam-equivalent performance.

Seminar: Empirical methods for analyzing oral communication (MA-SK 4b)

Learning outcomes: This practical course provides students with an understanding of the principles of scientific practice in the field of oral communication.

Content:

  • Introduction to the theoretical principles of empirical research and experimental design
  • Design and execution of independent examinations of oral communication, including:
    • Explanation of selected statistical procedures
    • Introduction to statistics software and language
    • R (with Rcmdr and/or RStudio)
    • Introduction to the speech processing program Praat - including a written research report

Requirements and workload:

  • 4 credit points (workload of approx. 120 hours)
  • Portfolio assessment; students complete a (group) report on their own investigation in the form of (short) scientific articles (max. 10 A4 pages) serving as exam-equivalent performance.

Seminar: Forensic speaker assessment (MA-SK 5b)

Learning outcomes:

  • Basic understanding of special forensic issues and problems
  • Ability to apply phonetic and speech research know-how in the forensic field through
  • Literature review and practical training using concrete exercises/example cases

Content:

  • How and when forensic phonetics is used
  • Discussion and application of selected methods
  • Creation of an assessment

Requirements and workload:

  • 4 credit points (workload of approx. 120 hours)
  • The module and seminar grade are calculated through a portfolio assessment. Students are required to complete a written report in the form of an expert assessment (approx. 10 DIN A 4 pages) serving as exam-equivalent performance.