Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Clinical Phonology

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Communication Therapy

DESCRIPTION Study-unit Outline:

- Phonology/Phonetics – An Overview;
- Phonological Theories/Models and their application to child phonology;
- Contentious Issues in Child Phonology;
- Phonological acquisition and bilingualism;
- Application of Theories to Assessment;
- Disordered speech;
- Implications for Intervention.

Study-unit Aims:

To enable the student to apply the basic concepts studied in the Linguistics study-unit – in particular within the Phonetics and Phonology study-units to the clinic or wherever the client with disordered speech and language is being ‘seen’. The framework within which this can be done is set up and discussed and some practical applications examined.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- discover different ways of analyzing clinical problems in relation to differential diagnosis of speech sound disorders;
- interpret speech data from clients with Maltese or English as a first language as well as data of clients with bilingual exposure.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- integrate all he/she has learnt in Phonetics and Phonology to assessment and diagnosis as well as management within the local clinical settings.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Ball, M. (2016). Principles of Clinical Phonology: Theoretical Approaches. NY: Routledge.
- Ball, M.J., and Kent, R.D. (1997). The New Phonologies: Developments in Clinical Linguistics. San Diego. London: Singular Pub. Group Inc.
- Ball, M.J. & Müller, N. (2005). Phonetics for Communication Disorders. US: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (Chapters 19 & 20).
- Grech, H. (2012). Translation to practice: Phonological analysis of the speech of multilingual children in Malta. In S. McLeod & B. A. Goldstein (Eds.), Multilingual aspects of speech sound disorders in children (pp. 211-213). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
- Grech, H., & McLeod, S. (2011). Multilingual speech and language development and disorders. In D. Battle (Ed.), Communication Disorders in Multicultural Populations (4th ed., pp. 120-- 147). US: Elsevier.
- Grech, H. (2007). Maltese speech acquisition. In S. McLeod (Ed.), The International Guide to Speech Acquisition (1st ed., pp. 483-- 494) Thomson Delmar Learning.
- Grech, H. (2006). “Maltese” in Zhu H. & B. Dodd (eds.) Phonological Development and Disorders: Multilingual Perspective. UK: Multilingual Matters, Ltd.
- Grech, H., Dodd, B., & Franklin, S. (2011). Maltese-English Speech Assessment (MESA). Malta: University of Malta. (ISBN: 978-99957-0-027-0).
- Grunwell P. (1987). Clinical Phonology (2nd ed.). Croom Helm.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Helen Grech

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