PL1PPH-Phonetics and Phonology

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Co-requisites: All other BSc Speech and Language Therapy Part 1 modules
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Mirjana Sokolovic-Perovic


Summary module description:
This module introduces students to the principles of phonetics and phonology and the speech sound system of English.

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the principles of phonetics and phonology. In terms of phonetics, students will be introduced to the articulation, acoustics, perception and transcription of speech sounds. In terms of phonology, students will understand the patterning of speech sounds in English, connected speech processes and the distinction between the segmental and suprasegmental features of English speech.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the students will be able to:

• Understand the difference between phonetic and phonological systems
• Have a basic working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcription system including cardinal vowels
• Have a basic working knowledge of an English phonemic transcription system
• Describe the acoustic properties of speech sounds, identify different sounds on a spectrogram and carry out acoustic phonetic analysis
• Use phonotactic knowledge to propose likely words/phrases, considering potential influences of connected speech processes (assimilation, coalescence, elision, liaison)
• Understand suprasegmental features of speech, including stress and tone

Additional outcomes:
Students will learn how to use computer software for the acoustic analysis of speech (Praat).

Outline content:
Students will be introduced to the concepts of phonetics and phonology, and how the two differ. Students will be trained as to when it is appropriate to use either phonetic or phonological transcriptions. Students will also be introduced to the acoustic properties of speech sounds and how spectrograms can be generated and interpreted. In addition to practical sessions on phonetic and phonological transcription, students will become familiar with connected speech processes such as assimilation, coalescence, elision, liaison, and shown how to mark suprasegmental features of speech.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be 24 hours of teaching delivered as lectures and tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 7
Tutorials 4 2
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 86 89
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Class test administered by School 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Two class tests, each worth 50% of the final mark: short-answer questions on phonetics and phonology fundamental concepts and IPA transcriptions; one held in the Spring term and one in the Summer term.

Formative assessment methods:

mock tests

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    An average of 40% for the class tests set in this module.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment by September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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