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Linguistics 5: The Phonology of English syllables and sounds


Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 1 and 4 (or similar courses).


This course is concerned with the relationship between phonetic and phonological structure in English, building on the material considered in Linguistics 1 and Linguistics 4. The focus of the course will be on the internal structure of speech sounds. We will make use of allophonic descriptions to examine their phonetic properties, and will consider phonological theories utilising distinctive features and autosegmental spreading.

Course objectives

Students are acquainted with the allophonic properties of English speech sounds and have a basic knowledge of the phonological representation of segments and segmental processes such as assimilation.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Assessment method

Written exam (80%), written essay (20%)


Yes, see Blackboard

Reading list

The same books that were used in Linguistics 1 and 4:

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

Collins, Beverley & Inger M. Mees (1999). The Phonetics of English and Dutch (4th revised edition). Leiden: Brill (PED).

Collins, Beverley & Inger M. Mees (1998). Working with the Phonetics of English and Dutch (4th revised edn). Leiden: Brill (WPED).


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.