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Linguistics 1: The Phonetics of English


Admission requirements



This course will take the form of an introduction to the phonetics of modern English. It will examine, amonst other matters, 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 the course, attention will be paid to phonemic transcription.

Course objectives

Students get acquainted with the terminology needed in the study of phonetics; students learn the properties of English phonemes and how to describe them, both singly and in combinations; students learn the symbols needed to transcribe phonemically.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture (1 hr per week)

  • Seminar (1 hr per week)

Assessment method

3 in-term quizzes (30%); 1 two-hour final written examination with closed and open questions (70%). If the in-term quiz average is lower than the written examination mark, only the latter will be taken into account


Yes, see Blackboard

Reading list

  • Reader

  • Textbook (to be announced)

  • 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 should register through uSis. Exchange students 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:
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

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Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Co-ordinator of Studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.