Course: Phonetics and Phonology

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Course title Phonetics and Phonology
Course code KAJ/A4121
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šteklová Kateřina, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Phonetics and Phonology 1. Phonetics and Phonology - field of study 2. Phonemic System - phonemes, phones, allophones 3. Transcription, IPA, Received Pronunciation 4. Articulatory Phonetics 5. English Vowel System 6. English Diphtongs and Triphtongs 7. Voicing and Consonants - Fortis x Lenis 8. English Consonants - place and manner of articulation 9. Phonotactics 10. English Syllable - structure, strong and weak syllables 11. Stress, Rhythm 12. Aspects of Connected Speech - Assimilation, Elision, Linking 13. Intonation 14. Functions of Intonation Erasmus + students have the opportunity to take part in an e-learning version of the course

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject is focused at students´ gaining theoretical knowledge of the English sound system and being acquainted with phonetic properties of English sounds. Short theoretical lectures are followed by seminars focused at practical exercises. Students learn to distinguish and to produce isolated English sounds and during the course they discover its special sound character of connected speech. Students improve their pronunciation with the goal of native-like speech production practising English rhythm and intonation together with weak forms and aspects of connected speech. The subject is completed with an examination at the and of the summer semester in the 1st year.
Students who complete the course will gain essential phonological and phonetic competencies: - Knowledge and skills to perceive and to produce English phonemes in different forms of their contextual allophones - Knowledge and skills of exclusive phonetic features : aspiration, lip rounding, labialisation, plosion - Ability to recognize sound structure of words, focusing at individual syllables and the sequence of phonemes, ability to place and produce the word stress properly together with the tone structure of the word - Ability to produce prosodic properties of the sound system: sentence stress and intonation patterns Students will further learn to: - Recognize isolated segments but also features fixed to connected speech - Be aware of the difference between written and spoken form of the language and reflect this skill in other subjects - Ability to perceive and recognize basic features of different variants of English and its major dialects - Ability to transcribe any English production or a text using the IPA symbols
Students are obliged to participate actively in the seminar, read relevant literature and pass credit tests in order to get a credit from this seminar. Students must be able to actively communicate in English, at least on level B2. Erasmus + students have the opportunity to take part in an e-learning version of the course

Assessment methods and criteria
Phonetic transcription, listening comprehension and listening to phonetic exercises, final seminar test. Erasmus + students have the opportunity to take part in an e-learning version of the course
Recommended literature
  • - Gimson, A. C., Cruttenden, A.. Gimson's pronunciation of English. London : Arnold, 2001.
  • Jenkins, J. The phonology of English as an international language: new models, new norms, new goals. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Kenworthy, J. The pronunciation of English: a workbook.. London: Arnold Publisher, 2000.
  • Roach, P. English phonetics and phonology: a practical course. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Underhill, A. Sound foundations: learning and teaching pronunciation. Oxford: Macmillan, 2005.

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