Good intro to Articulatory Phonology?

Sherman Wilcox wilcox at
Fri Dec 24 19:35:23 UTC 2010


I'm not sure how far you can get teaching articulatory phonology to 
undergrads -- it just requires so much background in phonetics, dynamic 
systems theory, and mathematics.

For introducing graduate students to the concepts in general, I've found 
the early papers by Browman & Goldstein (especially a chapter in 
Linguistic Phonetics edited by Fromkin) to be useful. Also, you should 
try to show how dynamic systems theory in general works. For example, 
show students how it can model simple springs, etc. And link DST to 
areas other than phonetics. The works of Esther Thelen and Patricia 
Smith can be useful here (DST and the development of walking, cognition, 
etc.). Barbara King's "The Dynamic Dance" and the work of Alan Fogel can 
be used to show the general applicability of DST beyond phonetics as well.

Good luck with this.

Sherman Wilcox, Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 	Angus B. Grieve-Smith <mailto:grvsmth at>
> December 24, 2010 8:13 AM
>     Johanna Rubba's query put me in mind of a task I'd like some help 
> with.  This past semester in my intro linguistics class, I started 
> giving basic explanations for phonological phenomena in terms of 
> articulatory phonology.  I found that the students seemed to 
> understand them and appreciate them, and while I still think it's a 
> good idea for students to get some sense of phonemic analysis and 
> generative rules, I'd like to incorporate articulatory phonology more 
> formally.
>     Can anyone recommend a good short introduction and exercises to 
> supplement the phonology chapter in Yule (2010), appropriate for 
> undergraduates with no previous coursework in linguistics?
>     Thanks in advance.

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