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Linguistics 1: Phonetics of English


Admission Requirements



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. In the practical component of this course, attention will be paid to phonemic transcription.

Course Objectives

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


The timetable will be available from July 1 onwards on the Department website.

Mode of Instruction

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.


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%.


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

  • 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, 2nd edition 2003.

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


Students can register through U-twist.

Register for ‘Contractonderwijs’ via:

Contact information

English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or mail: