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Linguistics 1: Phonetics of English



This course offers an introduction to the phonetics of Modern English. It will examine, amongst other things, 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. The course thus provides the theoretical background to the language lab. In the practical component of this course, attention will be paid to phonemic transcription.

Teaching method

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.

Course objectives

Students master basic phonetic terminology and learn how to describe English speech sounds using both articulatory phonetic terms and phonemic symbols.

Required reading

  • Reader

  • Beverley Collins & Inger Mees (1999), The phonetics of English and Dutch, Leiden: Brill.

  • Beverley Collins & Inger Mees (1998), Working with the phonetics of English and Dutch, Leiden: Brill. (These books are accompanied by 3 CDs, which can be obtained from the Studiepunt.)

  • David Crystal (1995), The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  • John Wells (1990), Longman pronouncing dictionary, Harlow: Longman.

Test method

Three in-term quizzes (30%), final written exam (70%); if the average quiz mark is lower than the mark for the final written exam, the latter will count for 100%.

Time table

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English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or by mail:


Students can register through U-twist before 15 July. After 15 July students can only register through the Departmental Office.


There will be a Blackboard site available.