Intensive Workshop: Intonation in English by William Greaves
Venue: Senate Room, M1603
|Event Date/Time: Sep 01, 2008||End Date/Time: Sep 04, 2008|
The course includes four lecture hours per day, plus "hands on" work each day in a language laboratory. Participants in the lecture will be encouraged to form "pods" around those with laptops (this has proved to be very effective).
Date: 1 â€“ 4 September 2008 (Mon - Thu)
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(i) 10 am â€“ 12 pm & 2 - 4 pm
- Lecture by William Greaves
(ii) 4 â€“ 8 pm
- Language Laboratory Work (optional)
(computers and internet access are available in the lab)
PRAAT (free software which can be downloaded from http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/) is an excellent tool which can be used in virtually any computer for very sophisticated phonetic analysis. If possible, you should download it and install it in your laptop before the course. Familiarity with the program is not required, but having a number of copies installed and available will be helpful. The instructor will introduce PRAAT so that you will be able to use it yourself, and he will make extensive use of it to introduce the patterns of English intonation.
CORPUS TOOL (free software which can be downloaded from http://www.wagsoft.com/CorpusTool/) is a new and more powerful successor to Mick O'Donnell's SYSTEMIC CODER. Again, you should if possible, download it and install it in your laptop before the course. Familiarity with the program is not required, but having a number of copies installed and available will be helpful. The instructor will demonstrate and use only one of the many features in the program: the creation and editing of system networks. It is far easier to do this with CORPUS TOOL than with editing programs such as Word or graphics programs such as Paint.
A copy of Intonation in the Grammar of English, which constitutes the center of gravity for the course is included in your registration fee. It is a large complex book, but is designed to be self teaching, and it contains hundreds of embedded soundfiles, so that you will able to listen to the various instances described in the book.
The introduction to PRAAT will relate to Chapter 2 "Representation of Sound", and the introduction to CORPUS TOOL will relate to Chapter 3 "Interpretation of Sound" and to Chapter 4 "The linguistic environment of intonation". Systems of TONALITY, TONICITY and TONE are dealt with in greater detail in Part II, and some of the examples studied there will be looked at, and some parts of the texts examined in Appendix to Part II "Texts analysed for intonation and rhythm" will be dealt with. By the end of the course you should be well equipped to make your own way through the entire book (but not in one week!). And, although the book is about intonation in English, it is hoped that it will lead to research on the functional role of intonation in other languages.