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Intermediate Phonetics & Phonology - LAN00009I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eleanor Chodroff
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

In this module, you will develop your skills in the phonetic and phonological analysis of language. The phonetics part of the course will cover the basics of articulatory and impressionistic phonetics and the basics of the acoustic analysis of speech. The phonology part of the course will cover the position of phonology within the human linguistic system, some recurrent phenomena in the phonology of the world's languages and some commonly used phonological notation.

Module learning outcomes

Students should be able to:

  • see connections between data and theory
  • conduct a simple phonological analysis
  • read and produce simple phonetic transcriptions of their observations using the IPA
  • construct and critique arguments in phonetics and phonology
  • use PRAAT for simple spectrographic analysis
  • present their work to standards appropriate for phonetics and phonology
  • interpret simple statistics, graphs, and other quantitative data

Students should know and understand:

  • elements of phonetic and phonological theory, such as segments , suprasegmentals
  • basic acoustic theory, such as source-filter theory
  • some simple facts about speech perception
  • how different approaches to phonetics/phonology can result in different interpretations of the same empirical facts


Task Length % of module mark
Data-driven exercise & reading task I
N/A 50
Data-driven exercise & reading task II
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Phonetics & phonology data exercises & reading task
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

Feedback will be a combination of automatic feedback provided by the VLE and group-level feedback shared on the VLE. Model answers will also be made available via the VLE.

Feedback on summative work

You will receive individual written feedback within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

Hayward, Katrina. (2000). Experimental phonetics. Longman.

Ladefoged, Peter. (2003). Phonetic Data Analysis. Wiley-Blackwell.

Nathan, G. (2008). Phonology: a cognitive grammar introduction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Davenport, M. & Hannahs, S. J. (2011). Introducing phonetics and phonology. London: Hodder.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.