SEL8117 : Phonetics and Phonology
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Gary Taylor-Raebel
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||80:00||80:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SEL1027||Introduction 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
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.