Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing
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Course Phonetics and Speech Processing
Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Type of subjectLevel Major
Form of study Undergraduate course
Standard period of study 6 Semesters
Minimum period of study none
Faculty Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Subject group Language and Cultural studies
Conforms with ECTS-"Key Features" Conforms with ECTS-"Key Features" as defined by the EU-Commission.
Diploma Supplement On successful completion of the course a Diploma Supplement is issued.
Language skills German skills are necessary for admission to the B.A. "Phonetics and Speech Processing". For further information please read here.

Note:

Two-Subject Bachelor program requiring 120 ECTS in the major and 60 ECTS in the minor. Eligible minors: German as a foreign language, computer science, communication studies (local admissions restrictions), art/music/theater (local admissions restrictions), philosophy, law (local admissions restrictions), Chinese studies, Scandinavian studies or language/literature/culture.

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Admission

Formal prerequisites for study

High school leaving certificate

Mode of admission first semester

No restrictions

Mode of admission later semesters

No restrictions

Admission test

No admission test required

Link

http://www.phonetik.uni-muenchen.de/

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Description of the course

Phonetics is the study of speech processing by human or machine. Phonetics is an interdisciplinary field. On one hand it deals with the physiological basis, cognitive and physical processes and speech technology, on the other it is characterized by strong bonds, in terms of both content-wise and methodology, to traditional fields like linguistics, computer science and medicine. The aim of the course is to provide training close to the modern professional image of the phonetician, while at the same time creating an understanding of the interdisciplinary role and the resulting research topics.

The training is designed to allow the students to comprehend phenomena of spoken language and its rules both on a theoretical and a practical level. This requires linguistic, mathematical, physiological and neurological knowledge. Another aim is to provide the programming skills necessary to analyze speech- and experimental data and to automatically process them. Finally the course provides insight into specific applications in different areas such as automated dialogue and information systems as well as the basic technology of speech recognition and synthesis.

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Course structure / Modules

Module

ECTS

Subject

ECTS

SWS

1st Semester

P1 Fundamentals

9

P1.1

Phonetics

2

1

P1.2

Transcription I

4

2

P1.3

Descriptive Phonetics

3

2

P2 Cognitive Speech Processing

9

P2.1

Psycholinguistics I

3

2

P2.2

Language and Cognition I

3

2

P2.3

Psycholinguistics II

3

2

2nd Semester

P3 Experimental Phonetics I

12

P3.1

Introduction to Experimental Phonetics

4

2

P3.2

Transcription II

4

2

P3.3

Acoustic Segmentation

4

2

P4 Speech Technology I

6

P4.1

Introduction to Signal Processing

3

2

P4.2

Speech Processing Tools

3

2

3rd Semester

P5 Experimental Phonetics II

9

P5.1

Acoustics

5

3

P5.2

Speech Perception

4

2

P6 Speech Technology II

9

P6.1

Speech Recognition

5

3

P6.2

Speech Synthesis

4

2

4th Semester

P7 Speech Databases

9

P7.1

Databases

5

3

P7.2

Dialogue Systems

4

2

P8 Cognitive Speech Processing II

9

P8.1

Psycholinguistics III

5

3

P8.2

Language and Cognition II

4

2

5th Semester

P9 Experimental Phonetics III

9

P9.1

Speech Production

5

3

P9.2

Neurophysiology

4

2

P10 Experimental Phonetics IV

9

P10.1

Prosody

5

3

P10.2

Intonation

4

2

6th Semester

P11 Programming

9

P11.1

Object-oriented Programming

5

3

P11.2

Script Languages

4

2

P12 Phonetics and Statistics

9

P12.1

R Programming Language

5

3

P12.2

Statistics

4

2

P13 Final Module

12

P13.1

Bachelor Thesis

9

 

P13.2

Thesis Defense

3

 

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Minors

In addition to the major (120 ECTS), a minor must be chosen (60 ECTS). Eligible minors are:

German as a foreign language*

*Please note, that for these minors timetable overlap with the major may occur. Please visit the Student Advisory Service before choosing your minor!

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Career opportunities

The interdisciplinary nature of the BA Phonetics provides the skills and knowledge especially relevant to four main areas:

  1. Scientific and applied research
  2. Development of corpora and speech technology (speech recognition, speech synthesis and dialogue systems)

  3. Clinical phonetics und speech therapy

  4. Education

It is important to note that the study of phonetics is not equal to the training of a speech therapist or a teacher in special education, although there is some overlap in content. Parts of the course may also be useful for other vocational trainings. The main professional areas for Students who major in phonetics and speech processing are the fields of experimental scientist in the fields of empirical speech research and in speech technology.

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Prerequisites and Requirements

Students should have foreign language skills (at least English, further languages desirable), basic mathematical and technical knowledge, interest in spoken language and willingness to acquire practical, experimental and programming experience.

Language of instruction

German, optionally English (Guest lecturers, student requests)

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Orientation days

  • For students wishing to find out more about the LMU and the courses it offers, there is an annual open day
    www.lmu.de/tof

  • At the beginning of each winter semester the Insitute for Phonetics and Speech Processing offers an orientation seminar.
    www.lmu.de/studienbeginn

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Contact

Address

Consultation hours, announcements, changes to the curriculum

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung
Schellingstr. 3 Vordergebäude
80799 Munich
Internet: www.phonetik.uni-muenchen.de

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Student Contact Person

Issues regarding course content and specific questions about the course, its structure and timetables

Dr. Felicitas Kleber
Schellingstraße 3 / Zi. 216 (Vordergebäude)
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 2454
Email: studienberatung@phonetik.uni-muenchen.de
Office hours: www.phonetik.uni-muenchen.de/studium/studienberatung.php

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LMU Student Advisory Service

Whether and what to study, how it works, courses on offer, admissions and entry requirements, and other formal questions about tertiary study at the LMU

Ludwigstr 27/I, Room G 109 (postal adress: Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1)
80539 Munich
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180-9000 (Mon-Thurs 09.00-16.00, Fri 09.00-12.00)
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180-2967
Email contact: www.lmu.de/studienanfrage

Opening hours:
Mon to Fri 9.00 - 12.00
Tue to Thu 13.00 - 16.00
August: Mon to Fri 9.00 - 12.00

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Examinations office

Matters regarding examinations, registration for examinations, credit transfer applications

Examinations office for the humanities and social sciences

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Prüfungsamt für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1 / Room C 026, D 020, D 203, D 201, D 205
80539 Munich
Internet and contact: www.lmu.de/pa/pags
Office hours: Mon-Wed 08.30-12.00; Thu 14.00-16.00 Uhr; Fri closed

Terms and conditions of Study (in German)

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