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The Prosody of English - LAN00017H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sam Hellmuth
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will have an understanding of the main elements of the prosody of English:

  • Intonation, timing and rhythm
  • The relationship of prosodic aspects of speech to other aspects generally known as segmental
  • Some of the kinds of functions served by prosodic aspects of speech in English
  • The phonological treatment of prosodic aspects of speech various methods for measuring prosodic aspects of speech and the problems associated with them

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.


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (5 day)
Open Exam
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (5 day)
Open Exam
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

There are a number of formative homework exercises for completion during the module. Students receive feedback on each of these within ten days of submission in the form of whole-class feedback on common errors and brief individual written feedback.

Summative assessment and feedback

Students will receive individual written feedback within three weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Readings will be made available in a reading pack.

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