This course will take the form of an introduction to the phonetics of modern English. It will examine, amongst 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 is available on the BA English 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: 39 hours
time to prepare for the exam and in-term quizzes: 54 hours
exam/quizzes: 4 hours
Tutoring/opportunity to inspect exam: 4 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.
Registration via coordinator of studies.