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Directed Readings in Phonetics & Phonology - LAN00011M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Marina Cantarutti
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module summary

The module focuses on developing core academic skills while conducting and engaging with primary research: literature reviews, synthesising, critical skills, abstract writing, and poster design. The module is split into two thematic parts: a topic on phonetics and one on phonology. From this pool of readings, you will write summaries, an abstract, and design a poster, culminating in an original research essay.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

  • Engage with primary research and conduct independent research

  • Understanding the main theoretical and empirical issues and the competing analyses of specific phenomena within a particular area of phonetics and/or phonology.

  • Communicate research effectively via a range of modalities

  • Develop core academic skills in communicating research through abstract writing and poster design

  • Develop compelling and concise short-form writing through writing summaries of research papers

  • Conduct and communicate independent research by writing a long essay

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Read and engage with research articles in phonetics and phonology, broadly understand them and be able to articulate the issues that are addressed and the analysis proposed

  • Communicate research effectively through abstract writing and poster design

  • Navigate the differences between short-form and long-form writing

  • Identity a topic of research through the synthesis of key issues in the literature

Module content

This module will have a mixture of input sessions, presentation sessions, and independent study time. Input sessions will introduce you to the relevant issues in phonetics and phonology as well as to relevant academic skills. Presentation sessions will consist of sharing formative work and receiving feedback. Independent study and preparation time will be scheduled in between input and preparation sessions.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay 4000 words
N/A 80
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 4000 words
N/A 80
N/A 20

Module feedback

Individual written feedback will be provided for all written pieces of work. Weeks 4 and 9 are specifically designated as consolidation and feedback weeks, where you will meet with a member of staff to discuss your formative work and to introduce your upcoming summative work. In week 11, you will meet with both members of staff to discuss your essay proposal.

Indicative reading

Initial readings and topics for discussion and/or essays will be drawn from relevant journals and conference proceedings in phonetics and phonology:

  • Journal of Phonetics

  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)

  • Laboratory Phonology

  • Journal of the International Phonetic Association

  • English Language and Linguistics

  • Language Variation and Change

  • Language and Speech

  • Journal of English Linguistics

  • Interactional Linguistics

  • short papers from conferences such as:

    • ICPhS (International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences)

    • Interspeech

    • New Sounds

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.