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Department of Linguistics

LING217: Phonetics and Phonology

Availability : DE1
Credit Points: 3
Convenors: Felicity Cox and Robert Mannell

Aims and Outcomes

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an introduction to the fields of phonetics and phonology.

At the successful completion of this course you should:-

  • be familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet
  • be familiar with the principles of phonetic transcription and be able to perform simple broad and narrow phonetic transcription tasks
  • have an understanding of speech articulation
  • be familiar with the major characteristics of vowels and consonants and with a number of ways of classifying these speech sounds
  • understand the distinction between phonemes and allophones and the principles of phonemic analysis
  • be familiar with some of the ways that languages and dialects differ in both their phoneme inventories and the pronunciation of their phonemes
  • understand what Distinctive Features are and be able to use them in the analysis of phonemes and their pronunciation
  • understand the structure of syllables and how phonotactic constraints result in different sets of legal syllables for different languages
  • have a basic understanding of the phonology of intonation

Contacting Lecturers

a) Face-to-face consultations (by appointment only)

Felicity Cox   C5A 547
Robert Mannell   C5A 542

We are available for face-to-face student consultations by appointment. When contacting us you should suggest a few times that you are available. Email one of us for an appointment (see below).

b) Contact by phone

Please do not contact us by telephone. Only contact us by email.

c) Contact by email

Felicity Cox
Robert Mannell

Email Office Hours

The volume of email that we receive has grown until it now threatens to overwhelm us and prevent us from attending to other duties. Our email policy is as follows:-

  • students may email us at any time
  • except for urgent emails, you can expect a reply within 7 days.
  • we will determine what constitutes urgent emails. Questions resulting from your starting an assessment task at the last moment before it's due will not be deemed by us to be urgent. As the old saying goes, "lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on our part".

Evening Students

Only the tutorials are offered in the evening. Recorded lectures and associated lecture slides will be available via iLecture.