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Linguistics 5: The Phonology and Phonetics of English


Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 1 and 4 or equivalent course.


This course is concerned with the relationship between phonetic and phonological structure in English, in particular with respect to the internal structure of speech sounds. We will make use of allophonic descriptions, as well as phonological theories utilising distinctive features and autosegmental spreading.

Course objectives

Students gain insight into the relationship between the phonetic properties of speech sounds and phonological theories which attempt to account for their internal structure.


The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website.

Mode of instruction

1 one-hour lecture per week
1 one-hour tutorial per week

Assessment method

One in-term written assignment (30%), final written examination (70%).


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Giegerich, H.J. (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. 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.