To introduce students to the main topics of prosody in spoken English, drawing on both phonetics and phonology, and to equip students with the knowledge and ability to analyse prosodic aspects of spoken English both phonetically and phonologically.
At the end of this module students will have an understanding of the main elements of the prosody of English:
At the end of this module students will be able to analyse data first-hand using a tool for the instrumental analysis of speech and present their own analyses of data of various types and qualities to a high standard.
This module will be capped at 35.
Students must have successfully completed:
Also, one of:
Information for visiting students: The teaching of this module assumes that students are already familiar with the basics of phonetics (including acoustic phonetics) and phonological analysis (including structural notions such as the syllable and foot). Students on this module need to be willing to learn how to use acoustic analysis software. If you are in any doubt about whether you have an appropriate background for this module, contact the module convenor.
Two hours per week over 12 weeks, of which:
The module is taught through lectures/practicals/seminars, in four x 3-week blocks:
Readings will be made available via the VLE (or optionally for purchase as a reading pack).
There are a number of formative homework exercises for completion during the module. Students receive feedback on each of these within one week of submission in the form of whole-class feedback on common errors and brief individual written feedback.
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition to these, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in the application of IT/numeracy skills. You will learn how to use acoustic analysis software (Praat) to measure pitch, how to interpret those measurements and how to relate the results of quantitative acoustic analysis to qualitative intonational analysis of the same data.
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About this module
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Prosody of English
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