SEL8117 : Phonetics and Phonology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL1027Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Syntax and Phonology
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1003000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment by written essay gives the students both the forum in which to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained along with the flexibility to focus on a topic of relevance to their specific linguistic interests.

Reading Lists