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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Phonology (LASC11089)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryDescription of salient phonological phenomena mainly exemplified from English; their analysis in terms of current linguistic theory.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics (LASC11031)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 79 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
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
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. carry out IPA transcriptions of English
  2. analyse key phonological patterns in different dialects of English
  3. describe the production of English speech sounds
  4. describe and analyse English syllable structure
  5. apply fundamental concepts of representational and rule-based phonological analysis which can be built upon in advanced phonology courses available in semester 2
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Michael Ramsammy
Tel: (0131 6)50 3959
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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