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Linguistics 4: Phonology of English



This course offers an introduction to the phonology of Modern English. Topics considered include allophonic variation, phonological rules and features, syllable and foot structure, stress and rhythm.

Teaching method

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.

Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 1 (Propedeuse) or similar course.

Course objectives

Students gain insight into the phonological structure of Modern English. They learn that the realisation of English speech sounds and the ways in which these can be combined are governed by rules. These rules can be formulated using phonological features, and with the help of the units of syllable and foot.

Required reading

  • Syllabus.

  • Giegerich, H. (1992). English phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Studenten moeten ook de beschikking hebben over:

  • Collins, B.S. & I.M. Mees (1999). The phonetics of English and Dutch. Leiden: Brill, 4th edn.

  • Collins, B.S. & I.M. Mees (1998). Working with the phonetics of English and Dutch. Leiden: Brill, 4th edn.

Test method

Two in-term quizzes (20%), final written exam (80%); if the average quiz mark is lower than the mark for the final written exam, the latter will count for 100%.

Time table

The timetable will be available from June 1st on the Internet.


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


Students can register through U-twist between 1 November and 15 December. After 15 December students can only register through the Departmental Office.


There will be no Blackboard site available.