PL2PHON2-Phonetics and Phonology 2

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Mirjana Sokolovic-Perovic


Type of module:

Summary module description:

In this module the students learn to apply knowledge of phonetics and phonology to clinical data and to collect and analyse data using perceptual and instrumental approaches.


The aims of this module are: to familiarise the students with the issues involved in data collection and representation in the study of speech development; to introduce the skill of applying theoretical concepts from phonetics and phonology to clinical data; to provide a framework for phonetic and phonological analysis of normal and disordered speech using perceptual and instrumental techniques; to familiarise the students with IPA extensions and develop the practical skills for the transcription of clinical data.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  1. Carry out accurate transcription of normal and disordered speech sounds and connected speech;

  2. Transcribe and produce all the sounds from the IPA and extIPA charts;

  3. Organise and analyse sets of phonological data from typical and atypical development;

  4. Interpret disordered data samples by relating them to developmental norms and the adult phonological system;

  5. Be able to appraise various instrumental techniques currently available for the analysis of speech and identify when they should most appropriately be used.

Additional outcomes:

  1. Develop critical analytical skills; 

  2. Be able to work independently and in teams, gaining and providing peer support via an ongoing process of developing practical skills; 

  3. Will encourage the students to consider the issues involved in phonological assessment with relation to efficacy and workplace constrictions.

Outline content:

In this module the students will get more practice using the symbols of the IPA; they will also be introduced to the extended set of IPA symbols used in the transcription of disordered speech. The students will practise transcription of disordered speech and they will be introduced to frameworks which will help them organise, analyse and interpret speech data, and relate it to developmental norms and to the adult phonological system. They will be familiarised with the issues involved in the assessment of bilingual clients and the assessment of suprasegmentals. The course will also introduce different types of instrumentation used in the analysis of normal and disordered speech including spectrography, laryngography and electropalatography. Independent study in the speech laboratory is encouraged.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

In the spring term there will be nine one-hour lectures, nine practical transcription and oral practice sessions (organised in small groups) and a 2-hour PACS tutorial run by clinical tutors. In the summer term there will be four small-group workshops on instrumental clinical phonetics. In addition to this, the students are given three hours of pre-recorded video tutorials on methods in instrumental clinical phonetics, accessed through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9
Tutorials 2
Demonstration 3
Practicals classes and workshops 9 4
Guided independent study 153 20
Total hours by term 176.00 24.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 50
Set exercise 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The course will be assessed by a practical skills assessment and coursework, each worth 50%.

Formative assessment methods:

Formative feedback on transcription and production of the sounds from the IPA and extIPA charts is provided in practical sessions.

Peer feedback on production of the sounds from the IPA and extIPA charts in practical sessions.

Formative feedback on clinical data analysis and interpretation in group and pair exercises.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    40% overall and 40% in the practical skills assessment

    Reassessment arrangements:

    August resit

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 28 June 2018


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