• An understanding of basic concepts and terms used in phonetics and phonology
• Knowledge of the English vowels and consonants and their articulatory characteristics
• Knowledge of syllable structure, stress patterns, intonational patterns, rhythm and connected speech processes of English
• Knowledge of the phonetic symbols and diacritics used to represent the sounds, stress and intonation of English
• The ability to do a phonetic transcription of texts in English using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
Course Content (Syllabus)
Τhe course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the sound pattern of English. Both segmental and suprasegmental aspects of the language will be explored and several of the main concepts of phonetics and phonology will be discussed through exemplification from English. The course will begin with the description of the articulation of the English consonants and vowels and it will introduce the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet that are used for the transcription of the English sounds. A discussion of phonemically distinct segments vs. allophonic variants will follow. The course will then proceed to a description of syllable structure and weight as well as English stress, intonation and rhythm. Major connected speech processes will also be discussed including assimilation, deletion, insertion, and reduction. Students will have the opportunity to have extensive practice in phonetic transcription throughout the course. Course handouts and other materials (audio files, videos, internet sites) are uploaded on elearning.
Additional bibliography for study
Roach, P. (2000) English Phonetics and Phonology: A practical Course. Cambridge University Press.
Ashby, M. & J. Maidment (2005) Introducing Phonetic Science. Cambridge: CUP.
Ashby, Patricia (2011) Understanding Phonetics. Hodder Education Publishers
Ashby, Patricia (2007) Speech Sounds. Taylor & Francis.
Gut, U. (2009) Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology. Peter Lang Publishers.
Ball, M. J. & Rahilly, J. (1999) Phonetics: The Science of Speech. London: Arnold.
Bauman-Wangler, J. (2008) Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology: From concepts to transcription. Allyn & Bacon.
Carr, P (1993) Phonology. London: Macmillan.
Carr, P. (1999) English Phonetics and Phonology. An introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Clark, J. & Yallop, C. (1995) An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (2nd edn). Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
Davenport, M. & Hannahs, S. J. (1998) Introducing Phonetics & Phonology. London: Arnold.
Gimson, A. C. (1994)  An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English (revised by A. Cruttenden). London: Edward Arnold.
Handbook of the International Phonetic Association. A Guide to the Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. (1999). CUP.
Jones, D. (1997) English Pronouncing Dictionary. Revised by Roach, P. & Hartman, J. (15th ed). CUP.
Kenworthy, J. (2000) The Pronunciation of English. A Workbook. London: Arnold.
Ladefoged, P. (1993) A course in Phonetics (3rd edn). Harcourt Brace College Publishers.
Panagopoulos, L. C. (1996) General and English Phonetics for Greek University Students of Schools of English. (2nd ed). Thessaloniki: Aivazis-Zoumpoulis Press.
Small, L. H. (1999) Fundamentals of Phonetics. A Practical Guide for Students.Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Wells, J. C. (1990) Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. London: Longman.