Phonetics

Summary

Phonetics is the study of language sounds. This course is an introduction to phonetics and phonology, especially with reference to English but with application to any language. The course encourages students to reflect critically on the role of English pronunciation in contemporary society from perspectives of gender, class, education, group membership etc. and to think about how accents facilitate or impede communication.

Admission requirements

General requirements for university studies.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students autumn 2017, autumn 2016

Course Code:
EN220L revision 2
Level of specialisation
G1N
Main fields of study:
English
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
13 June 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
29 August 2016
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
27 May 2015

Entry requirements

General requirements for university studies.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.

Contents

Phonetics is an introduction to phonetics and phonology, applied especially to English but with application to any language, producing not only increased awareness of the sound of various accents, but also introducing students to the seminal importance of the notion of difference in the study of language.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the module, the student:

  • understands the basic principles of phonetics and phonology, in general but also in particular in relation to English;
  • will be able to recognize and use standard descriptive terminology for phonetics and English phonology;
  • will be able to identify and describe some non-standard varieties of spoken English;
  • will understand and be able to use the standard terminology employed to describe metre and other sound patterning in English poetry (rhyme, assonance etc),;
  • knows the International Phonetic Alphabet
Skills and ability
After finishing the module, the student:
  • can analyse the structure of English phonology;
  • can speak English in an accent that is understood by a majority of English speakers in Europe;
  • demonstrates ability to work to agreed timetables, manage workloads, and meet deadlines
Critical skills and approach
After finishing the module, the student:
  • is able to reflect critically on the role of English pronunciation in contemporary society from perspectives of gender, class, education, group membership etc;
  • can think critically about the way any accent of English - including his or her own - facilitates or impedes communication, and inevitably arouses prejudice either positive or negative;
  • understands the notion of significant difference, central to any understanding of phonology, and central too to any understanding of the notion of shared culture. Understands too that what is “natural” in the production of one language may not be in another

Learning activities

Learning activities are lectures, seminars, and self-study.

Assessments

Phonetics is examined by an exam (5 credits) and a paper (2.5 credits) defended in an oral examination.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials


Beverley S. Collins and Inger M. Mees: Practical Phonetics and Phonology: A Resource Book for Students (Routledge English Language Introductions) Paperback – 28 Jan 2013 Paperback: 352 pages. Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (28 Jan. 2013). ISBN-13: 978-0415506496

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give oral and written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available in the school's web-pages.

Student participation takes place through the course council.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Language and Linguistics.

Further information

Anita Marttila, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-6657345
Philip Clover, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-6657361