Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Phonology (LASC11089)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Description of salient phonological phenomena mainly exemplified from English; their analysis in terms of current linguistic theory.
This course introduces students to the theoretical study of phonology with a focus on English. The course is intended for students who have no previous experience of studying phonology or phonetics. Three main reference dialects will be studied, namely (in order of priority) Standard Southern British English, Standard Scottish English and General American English. Concepts relating to phonological description and analysis will be studied in the context of current linguistic theory (see indicative syllabus below). The course has two pieces of assessment (class exam and coursework task), each of which is worth 50% of the final mark.
Syllabus (Indicative only):
- Phonology vs phonetics.
- English consonants.
- Primary and secondary cardinal vowels.
- Phonemic transcription and broad phonetic transcription of English.
- Phonological distributions.
- Phonological formalisms.
- Vowel systems in different dialects of English.
- Introduction to distinctive feature theory.
- Introduction to representational analysis.
- Syllable structure, sonority and timing.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Class exam (1.5 hours, 50% of final mark) + coursework task (max. 2000 words, 50% of final mark)
Class Test: Tuesday 10th November 2015
Return Date: 2nd December 2015
Assessment Deadline: Thursday 17th December, 12 noon
Return Date: 22nd January 2016
||Students to see course organiser with a draft bibliography/essay outline during office hours before starting to write essays in full.
Comments provided on submitted assessments
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- carry out IPA transcriptions of English
- analyse key phonological patterns in different dialects of English
- describe the production of English speech sounds
- describe and analyse English syllable structure
- apply fundamental concepts of representational and rule-based phonological analysis which can be built upon in advanced phonology courses available in semester 2
|Giegerich, Heinz. 1992. English phonology: an introduction. Cambridge: C.U.P.|
Hayes, Bruce. 2009. Introductory phonology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Knight, Rachel-Anne. 2012. Phonetics: a coursebook. Cambridge: C.U.P.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|Course organiser||Dr Michael Ramsammy
Tel: (0131 6)50 3959
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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