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||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).
- 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 2018/19, 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)
||2 class exams (1.5 hours each, 50% of final mark each)
|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
|Course organiser||Dr Michael Ramsammy
Tel: (0131 6)50 3959
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188