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Linguistics 2A: The Phonetics of English


Admission requirements

Not applicable


Linguistics 2A continues where Linguistics 1A left off. Our main focus in this course will be on variation in the pronunciation of English speech sounds. Sounds may vary depending on their position in the syllable. Sounds may also vary when the words in which they occur are part of connected speech. And finally, sounds may vary depending on the regional accent of the speaker, and on such factors as the speaker’s age, gender and social class. All these types of variation are covered in the course.

Course objectives

In this course, students:

  • learn about English sounds and syllables

  • learn about different types of variation in the pronunciation of sounds

  • deepen their understanding of the phonetics of consonants and vowels

  • learn to do phonemic and phonetic transcriptions


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

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

Assessment method


Final (written) exam


The final exam makes up 100% of the final course mark.


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.

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 have to be organized.

Reading list

A course programme will be made available through Brightspace before the start of the course.
Knight, Rachael-Anne (2012). Phonetics: A Coursebook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.

General information about MyStudyMap is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal