Objectives and competences

The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of acustics and acustic phonetics and to prepare them for individual research work. At the end of this course, students should be capable to identify relevant research questions and should know how to design and execute an experiment that would answer the identifies research questions.


This course is linked to the other linguistic courses within this program. Minimum prerequisits are linguistic courses from the first two years of this program.


This course is focused on the physical properties of sounds. Students will discuss the basic concepts of acoustics, the physical properties of sound waves and other properties of sound that are relevant in linguistic research. Unlike with other courses in this program, experimental work is essential. In order to propertly conduct
experiments, students will get exposed to all phases of experimental work – preparation,
conducting the experiemnt, analysis. Particulary for the preparations of the experimental work, knowledge acquired in linguistic courses prior to this course is important as it is otherwise impossible to decide that is worth checking in the experiment.

Intended learning outcomes

Aside from what they'll be capable to do, the outcomes of this course are also the products of their research, the expermients they have to prepare and execute during recitations and lab hours. So both the design and the execution of an experiment.


  • S.W. Rienstra & A. Hirschberg. 2013. An Introduction to Acoustics. Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Randall, Robert H. 2005. An Introduction to Acoustics. Dover Publications. Catalogue
  • Johnson, Keith. 2003. Acoustic and Auditory Phonetics (Illustrated). 2nd edition by Blackwell Publishing.Catalogue E-version
  • Alton Everest, F. in Ken Pohlmann. 2009. Master Handbook of Acoustics. McGraw‐Hill/TAB Electronics.Katalog E-version
  • Ladefoged, Peter. 1996. Elements of Acoustic Phonetics (2nd ed.). The University of Chicago Press. Catalogue E-version
  • Stevens, Kenneth. 2000. Acoustic Phonetics (Current Studies in Linguistics). The MIT Press. Catalogue
  • Ladefoged, P. (2003). Phonetic data analysis. An introduction to fieldwork and instrumental techniques. Oxford: Blackwell. Catalogue E-version


Final exam, two mid‐term exams, inclass presentation of their term‐paper. In order to take the final exam, students first need to successfully pass the two mid‐terms and hand in the term‐paper.

Lecturer's references

Doc. dr. Peter Jurgec je predavatelj fonetike in fonologije na Univerzi v Torontu. Njegova
raziskovalna področja so teoretična fonologija, eksperimentalna fonetika, eksperimentalno
preiskovanje značilnosti slovenskih glasov:

JURGEC, Peter. Slovenščina ima 9 samoglasnikov. Slavistična revija, ISSN 0350‐6894. [Tiskana izd.],
jul.‐sep. 2011, letn. 59, št. 3, str. 243‐268, ilustr. [COBISS.SI‐ID 33201453]

JURGEC, Peter. Disjunctive lexical stratification. Linguistic inquiry, ISSN 0024‐3892, 2010, vol. 41,
no. 1, str. 149‐161. [COBISS.SI‐ID 34697005]

JURGEC, Peter. Acoustic analysis of tones in contemporary standard Slovene: preliminary findings.
Slovenski jezik ‐ Slovene linguistic studies, ISSN 1408‐2616, 2007, 6, str. [195]‐207. [COBISS.SI‐ID

JURGEC, Peter. O nenaglašenih /e/ in /o/ v standardni slovenščini. Slavistična revija, ISSN 0350‐
6894. [Tiskana izd.], apr.‐jun. 2006, letn. 54, št. 2, str. [173]‐185, graf. prikazi. [COBISS.SI‐ID

JURGEC, Peter. Formantne frekvence samoglasnikov v tonemski in netonemski standardni
slovenščini = Formant frequencies of vowels in tonal and non‐tonal standard Slovenian. V:

VIDOVIČ‐MUHA, Ada (ur.). Slovensko jezikoslovje danes = Slovenian linguistics today, (Slavistična
revija, ISSN 0350‐6894, letn. 54, pos. št.). Ljubljana: Slavistično društvo Slovenije, 2006, str. 103‐
114, 467‐478. [COBISS.SI‐ID 25887533]

JURGEC, Peter. Formant frequencies of standard Slovene vowels. Govor, ISSN 0352‐7565, 2006,
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JURGEC, Peter. Samoglasniški nizi v slovenščini : fonološko‐fonetična analiza, (Slavistična knjižnica,
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JURGEC, Peter. Dodatne vaje iz branja spektrogramov in oscilogramov : učno gradivo za vaje in
slovenskega knjižnega jezika 1 v študijskem letu 2004/2005. Ljubljana, 2005.‐vaje.pdf. [COBISS.SI‐ID 23790381]

JURGEC, Peter. Fonetična in fonemska transkripcija po mednarodni fonetični abecedi za knjižno
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