Phonetics and phonology

Course Code :2007FLWTLE
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Jo Verhoeven

3. Course contents *

The course starts with an exploration of the articulatory phonetic description of speech sound variability of languages in the world, mainly against the background of Laver's general phonetic taxonomy (Laver, 1994). This will consist of a detailed discussion of speech production, airstream mechanisms, phonation and articulation in terms of constriction type, constriction location and various other aspects of articulation. Against this general phonetic framework it will be explored how these dimensions are used in different varieties of English so that students learn to appreciate which features of the English sound system are relatively unique, and which are relatively common. Besides this phonetic perspective, it will be explored which phonetic features of English speech sounds play an essential role in the phonological organisation of the sound system.