Instrumental Techniques in Speech Sciences CPPD
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Module outline and aims
This course will introduce you to the instrumental techniques used to investigate speech production and their applications in the domain of speech pathology. The course consists of a theoretical component in which you will learn about the technical aspects of the analysis equipment. Furthermore, some representative research findings will be presented with respect to normal and pathological speech.
In the applied aspect of the course you will be taken through practical demonstrations and exercises relating to aspects of speech physiology (neural, respiratory, phonatory and articulatory) and speech acoustics.
- Neurological: neuro-imaging techniques (e.g. CAT-scan, MRI) and neuro-physiology (e.g. electromyography, evoked-response potentials).
- Respiratory: respiratory activity in speech (e.g. pneumotachography, pressure transduction.
- Phonatory: phonatory activity in speech (e.g. electrolaryngography).
- Articulatory: aspects of articulation (e.g. electropalatography, articulography).
- Speech acoustics: the acoustic analysis of speech (e.g. signal processing software: PRAAT.
You are required to have a basic knowledge of speech production processes and articulatory phonetics.
- First or second-class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject
- The Licentiate Diploma of the Royal college of Speech and Language Therapists is also accepted.
- IELTS: 7.0