Module Catalogue 2024/25

SEL8117 : Phonetics and Phonology (Inactive)

SEL8117 : Phonetics and Phonology (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Niamh Kelly
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

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This course aims to establish a basic understanding of phonetics and phonology, developing the skills necessary for examining data and using formal means for describing observations based on the data. It will heighten metalinguistic awareness of the subject in a systematic way that will inform and enhance the sensitivity, accuracy and clarity of the student’s knowledge of the sound system of human language. Moreover, the student will be encouraged to apply their understanding to their own language (often not English).

Outline Of Syllabus

1. What is phonetics? Representing sounds
2. Articulatory, acoustic and auditory classification
3. The description and classification of consonants
4. The description and classification of vowels
5. The syllable.
6. Phonetics v. Phonology, phonetic v. phonological features
7. The distribution of speech sounds; phonemes and allophone; phonological relationships
8. Rules and rule interaction, phonological alternations and processes
9. Phonological structure revised
10. Derivational analysis (Generative Phonology)
Seminars will involve discussion of analysis and solutions to problems assigned from the textbook and related materials.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

•       Arrive at an understanding of the structure of sounds and sound systems
•       Understand and critically evaluate the interaction of rules within sound systems
•       Acquire tools to express relationships at levels from the individual sound up to the phrase and sentence

Intended Skill Outcomes

•       Analyse phonological data from English and other languages
•       Utilise the data to support linguistic analyses
•       Write simple rules to describe phonological phenomena

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion178:0078:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00small-group discussion of module materials, set text translations, and assessment
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL1027Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Phonetics, Phonology & Morphology
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to knowledge outcomes. Seminars develop this knowledge as well as the skills necessary for phonological analysis. Private study is an important part of the programme, requiring close reading of the materials both in advance of lectures and as a follow up to them. Students will be expected to do regular assignments intended to probe and expand the students’ understanding of the concepts covered in lectures. Assignments will revolve mainly around the solving of phonological analysis problems.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination28801A10048h take-home exam online
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

To test students’ analytical skill in an unseen context.


Past Exam Papers

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