Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600008088

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 109
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Learning Outcomes
• An understanding of basic concepts and terms used in phonetics and phonology • Knowledge of the (English) vowels and consonants and their articulatory characteristics • Exposure to common phonological processes (e.g. assimilation, insertion, deletion, neutralisation) using examples from multiple languages • Knowledge of syllable structure, stress patterns, and connected speech processes with special focus on English • Knowledge of the phonetic symbols and diacritics used in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) • Introduction to English phonetic transcription using the IPA
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to phonetics and phonology. Phonetics studies human speech sounds as physical entities, i.e. how they are produced, transmitted and perceived. Phonology studies sounds as linguistics units, how speakers of a language use sounds to express meaning. Special emphasis will be given to the phonetics and phonology of English and the main theoretical concepts of both fields will be discussed in relation to it. Data and processes from several other languages will also be considered. The course will begin with information on the speech production mechanism and the articulation of English consonants and vowels. The IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols and diacritics used in transcription will be introduced. The core difference between phonemically distinct segments vs. allophonic variants will be thoroughly examined in English and elsewhere. Common phonological processes such as assimilation, insertion, deletion and neutralisation will be presented. Theoretical tools and mechanisms (distinctive features, rules) will be introduced for their analysis. The course will then proceed to a discussion of syllable structure and stress in English and other languages. Special reference will be made to major connected speech processes arising in English. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to engage in phonetic transcription and practice their problem solving skills on simple phonological datasets.
Phonetics, Phonology, English, other languages
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment200.8
Student Assessment
Final exam (all components are compulsory) 1. Multiple choice questions 2. Phonemic/Allophonic analysis problem 3. Dataset problem or phonetic question requiring longer response 4. Phonetic transcription to and from English using short passage
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Ashby, P. (2011). Understanding phonetics. London: Hodder Education. Ashby, M., & Maidment, J. (2005). Introducing phonetic science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Carr, P. (1999) English Phonetics and Phonology. An introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Collins, B. S., & Mees, I. M. (2013). Practical phonetics and phonology: a resource book for students. Routledge. Davenport, M. & Hannahs, S.J.. (2010). Introducing Phonetics and Phonology. 3rd ed. Arnold Gimson, A. C. (1994) [1970] An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English (revised by A. Cruttenden). London: Edward Arnold Gussenhoven, C. & Jacobs, H. (2011). Understanding phonology. 3rd ed. London: Hodder Arnold Hayes, Bruce. (2009). Introductory Phonology.  Malden, MA:  Wiley-Blackwell. Kreidler, C.W. (2004). The Pronunciation of English. 2nd ed. Blackwell. Ladefoged, P. (2001). Vowels and consonants. An introduction to the sounds of languages. Oxford - Malden, MA: Blackwell. Website: Ladefoged, P. (2006). A course in phonetics (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thompsom Wadsworth. (Original work published 1975). Website: Ladefoged, P. & Maddieson, I. (1996). The sounds of the world's languages. Oxford: Blackwell Lodge, K. (2009). A critical introduction to phonetics. London: Continuum. Odden, D. (2005). Introducing phonology. Cambridge University Press. Roach, P. (2009) English Phonetics and Phonology: A practical Course. Cambridge University Press Reetz, H., & Jongman, A. (2009). Phonetics: Transcription, production, acoustics, and perception. Chichester, UK - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Website: Zsiga, E. (2013). The Sounds of Language: An introduction to phonetics and phonology. Malden, MA: Wiley
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