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Directed Reading in Phonetics & Phonology - LAN00011M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Catherine Laing
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

In 2020 – 2021, this seminar-based module will be a guided reading through key texts in phonetics and phonology. Students will gain an overview of canonical and current research in phonetics and phonology, taking in the range of methods used to investigate the sound patterns of language, as well as a range of theoretical interpretations of the results of such studies. The module also provides a brief introduction to some empirical methods used in phonetics and phonology. 

Students taking this module must have completed at least ONE of the following Autumn term modules: Phonetics and Phonology, Advanced Phonetics or Advanced Phonology.


Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • expose students to a range of topics in phonetics and phonology
  • familiarise students with some current research, by reading primary literature
  • familiarise students with the kinds of data, methodologies and theoretical arguments used in phonetics and phonology
  • equip students with appropriate skills in phonetics and/or phonology, such as transcription or acoustic analysis where appropriate.
  • provide students with an opportunity to synthesise a range of material on important topics

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • understand the main current theories in one or more areas of phonetics and phonology;
  • explain how different types of evidence are used to support arguments in support of different theoretical positions;
  • identify a research question in the sphere of phonetics and phonology and investigate it using a literature review and/or empirical methods.
  • demonstrate the ability to manage a project and bring it to completion;
  • evaluate competing interpretations of evidence;
  • develop a hypothesis from the predictions of a theory or model.

Module content

Further details about the topics of the module in 2020-21 will be provided in Autumn 2020.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay (5000 words)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Formative assessments allow students to receive feedback through the term on specific milestones in development of their summative essay project.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay (5000 words)
N/A 100

Module feedback

Mark on the University scale and written comments.

Indicative reading

Colantoni, L., Steele, J, & Escudero, P. (2015). Second language speech: theory and practice. Cambridge University Press.

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.