Topics


The nature of speech, vowels and consonants, syllable structure, phonemes and allophones, broad and narrow transcription, prosody (stress, rhythm, intonation, voice quality, etc.), connected speech processes

 

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Objectives


On completing the course, students should be able to:
1) describe the sound system of Southern British English using appropriate terms in phonetics and phonology;
2) describe and compare various English accents around the world
3) appreciate the diverse applications of phonetics such as speech technology, accent studies and sociophonetics, analysing learners' pronunciation problems, and forensic phonetics.

 

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Organisation


A two-hour lecture and an hour-long workshop every week

 

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Assessment


100% coursework consisting of:

  • Workshop exercises and participation (20%)
  • Two in-class quizzes (50%)
  • Group project: an oral presentation and a short written report (30%)

 

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Texts


Recommended texts:

  • Ashby, P. (2005). Speech sounds. 2nd Edition. Routledge.
  • Cruttenden, A. (2014). Gimson's pronunciation of English. 8th Edition. Routledge.
  • Roach, P. (2009). English phonetics and phonology: a practical course. 4th Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Additional readings will also be recommended throughout the course.

 

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Last updated: 3 January 2019