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.
become acquainted with the terminology needed in the study of phonetics;
learn the properties of English phonemes and how to describe them, both singly and in combination;
learn the symbols needed to transcribe phonemically.
The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.
Mode of instruction
Lecture (1 hour per week) and seminar (2 hours per week)
time spent on attending lectures and seminars: 39 hours
time for studying the compulsory literature: 41 hours
time to prepare for the exam and in-term quizzes: 60 hours
3 in-term quizzes (30%); final written examination (70%). If the in-term quiz average is lower than the written examination mark, only the latter will be taken into account.
If the final grade is 5 or less students may take the resit once and the mark of the resit will constitute 100% of the final grade.
Attendance is compulsory. Unauthorized absence will mean that you cannot take part in the relevant exam(s).
Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.
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. (3 supplementary CDs are available via Reader Online.)
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 cannot register through uSis, but must see the coordinator of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:email@example.com.
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.