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Linguistics 4: The Phonology of English


Admission requirements

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


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

Course objectives

Students gain insight into the phonology of Modern English, and into theoretical analyses of its suprasegmental structure.


The timetable will be available by June 1st at www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/engels.

Mode of instruction

  • 1 one-hour lecture per week

  • 1 one-hour tutorial per week

Assessment 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%.


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Giegerich, Heinz (1992). English Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Students should also have the following two books:

  • 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.


Students should register through uSis. First-year students cannot register through uSis. They will be registered by the administration. Exchange studentens cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Studentcounsellor Bachelor: Ms. S.H.J. Bollen, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103B.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.


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