PHONETICS DEPARTMENT, FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB, CROATIA
Zagreb phonetics was officially instituted at the Faculty of Philosophy in 1954, when the Institute for Phonetics was established at the initiative of professor Petar Guberina.
From the very beginning the scientific work at the Institute was experimental, reflected in the name Experimental section that was established within the section for philology at the Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1953, for the purposes of research in the field of phonetics.
Another characteristic is the interdisciplinary nature of the Phonetics Department at Zagreb. It was clear from the early fifties that modern phonetics could advance only in close cooperation with experts from other scientific fields, such as linguistics, medicine (particularly otorhinolaryngology), acoustics and physics.
Graduate study of phonetics began in 1961/62, and the first Master-of-Arts degrees in phonetics were awarded in 1964. The first dissertation in phonetics was defended and a Ph.D. awarded at the Faculty of Philosophy in 1962. In 1963 the Phonetics Chair was established within the Linguistics department.
The first undergraduate students were enrolled in 1965/66. In 1968, a Department for theoretical and applied phonetics was established with the following three chairs: for theoretical phonetics, for applied phonetics and for esthetic phonetics and orthoepy of standard Croatian. The department subsequently changed its name to the Department of Phonetics.
The entrance exam consists of two parts, written and oral. The written test contains questions on basic phonetic terms, the phonetics and grammar of the Croatian language and basic knowledge of psychology and acoustics, based upon high-school textbooks. In the oral part the prospective students are required to display a sound knowledge of the spoken language, cultured speech and the motivation to study phonetics.
Head of Department: Vesna Mildner, Ph.D.
Librarian: Mrs. Ivančica Cesarec-Bačić, B.A.
The study of phonetics entails a full four-year program, that may be combined with other study programs offered at the Faculty of Philosophy. Graduated students receive the title Bachelor of Arts (professor of phonetics).
The Department is organized into three chairs:
Juraj Bakran, Ph.D.
Damir Horga, Ph.D.
Marija Pozojević Trivanović, Ph.D.
Ivo Škarić, Ph.D.
Branko Vuletić, Ph.D.
Ivan Ivas, Ph.D.
Vesna Mildner, Ph.D.
Gordana Varošanec Škarić, Ph.D.
Engineer: Zrinka Ratković, BSc.
Teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Lectures and seminars are organized in small groups. Practical exercises cover various aspects of the study of speech. They are also held in institutions that rely upon speech and hearing, such as the Academy of Dramatic Arts, SUVAG polyclinic for the rehabilitation of speech and hearing and the Otorhynolaryngology clinic of the Sisters of Mercy Hospital. Occasionally, experts from related fields give talks and supervise exercises at the Department.
Approximately 40 students are enrolled into the Department every academic year.
For further Information contact:
Room B-303, daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Phone: + 385 1 6120096
Address: Filozofski fakultet
Odjel za fonetiku
Ivana Lucica 3
10 000 ZAGREB
The study of phonetics is a four-year undergraduate course (combination with a parallel 4-year study course at the Faculty is obligatory). With their title Bachelor of Arts (profesor fonetike) graduate students may be employed as teachers of rhetoric and culture of speech at secondary school level, elocution teachers, speech technology experts, consultants in speech design and speech training in such public domains as the media, speech advisors at pre-school level, speach therapists for the hearing impaired, as well as support to other experts in speech and hearing therapy.
Elected representatives from each year of study participate in Department meetings and act as contacts with the Faculty management and administration.
Part-time library assistants, teaching and research assistants at the Department are recruited from the students of phonetics Juniors whilst seniors are involved in the preparation of scientific conferences organized by the Department every three years A number of students prepare manuscripts for the journal GOVOR issued by the Phonetics Section of the Croatian Philological Association (CPA). Twice a year, advanced students participate as tutors at the Elocution schools for the talented high-school students from all over Croatia.
Third and fourth year students may become full members of the Phonetics Section of the CPA.