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Linguistics 1: The Phonetics of English


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


This course will take the form of an introduction to the phonetics of modern English. It will examine, amongst other matters, the production of speech, the description and classification of speech sounds, and how sounds are combined in speech and what influence they have upon each other. In the practical component of the course, attention will be paid to phonemic transcription.

Course objectives


  • become acquainted with the terminology needed in the study of phonetics;

  • learn the properties of English phonemes and how to describe them, both singly and in combination;

  • learn the symbols needed to do phonetic and phonemic transcriptions.


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Mode of instruction

Lecture (1 hour per week) and seminar (2 hours per week)

Assessment method


Transcription assignments, mid-term (written) exam, final (written) exam.


Transcription assignments (20%), mid-term (written) exam (20%), final (written) exam (60%).

The mid-term exam counts only if the mark obtained for it is higher than the mark obtained for the final exam. If the mark for the mid-term exam is lower than than of the final exam, the final exam counts for 80%. The transcription asssignments must be handed in during the course (for this, see the course programme).

Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than two tutorials means that students will be excluded from the tutorials. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared, not participating and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.


To pass the course, a minimum of a 5.5 is required for the final exam. If the mark for the final exam is 5.49 or lower, the exam will have to be retaken during the resit period. There is no resit for the mid-term exam and for the transcription assignments.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

Course book: Ladefoged, Peter & Keith Johnson (2015). A Course in Phonetics (7th edn.). Stamford: Cengage.
Recommended: Wells, John (1990). Longman Pronouncing Dictionary. Harlow: Longman.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies.

Students other than from the BA English language and culture cannot take this course.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Please contact Student administration Arsenaal or the coordinator of studies for questions.


Disclaimer: Please note that the course descriptions, in particular the assessment method, might be adjusted (timely) depending on the measures taken regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.