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The Phonetics of a Modern Language - LAN00020H

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

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

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

Module aims

This module allows students to combine their knowledge of the phonetics of a modern language obtained through their studies so far with what they have learnt as part of their degree programme in linguistics.

The main aims of the module are:

  • To develop phonetic awareness of a modern language
  • To enable students to combine their study of a modern language with the study of one aspect of linguistics
  • To relate theoretical perspectives from phonetics to practical aspects of language production

Module learning outcomes

Students should know how to describe accurately and in the technical terms of the International Phonetic Alphabet and phonetic literature aspects of the phonetics of their target language. They should be able to reflect on the way that sounds in the target language are produced, and be able to describe and transcribe these sounds. They should be familiar with basic texts on phonetics in the target language in order to understand how the phonetic system of the language works.

Students should also be able to produce natural-sounding speech in the target language, which has the features of native speech. For example, in French, the plosives will be appropriately voiceless and unaspirated or fully voiced; for German, glottal stops will be produced in the onset of vowel-initial words; for Spanish, stops will be lenited in the appropriate contexts. Vowel qualities will be near-native. Other features of the speech, such as intonation, rhythm, and tempo, will also be close to native. In order to achieve this, students will need to develop skills in phonetic production, and receive feedback on their pronunciation from a native speaker of the target language.

Students will develop their skills of independent working, to compile a portfolio of work.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

Written feedback will be given on any exercises completed as part of Articulatory and impressionistic phonetics, if taken.

Assessment and feedback

Feedback: Written feedback and a mark for all components of the dossier, given within one week of submission (summer term, Friday week 7).

Indicative reading

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