Phonetics & Phonology (ENG250) 2012

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This course investigates the speech sounds of human languages from an articulatory and an acoustic point of view as well as the basic notions behind the way in which speech sounds are organized into sound systems of different human languages. At a supra-segmental level, it investigates prosodic systems (syllable structure and stress) of human languages. Whilst it starts off with the fundamental concepts of phonetics and phonology, at the same time, it provides the foundation for more advanced treatments of the above topics through different theoretical frameworks within contemporary phonology.

The course is arranged thematically: each week, we will examine a major topic of phonetic and/or phonological concern, providing theoretical, methodological and empirical work (observation and or instrumental). Students are responsible for writing a short, weekly assignment paper or small projects, to be handed in before each week’s final class. Students should, at a minimum, be prepared to discuss each of that class period’s focus questions in conference.

Assignments must be turned in on time to receive full credit and comments. Extensions will be granted only in cases of illness, family emergency, etc. Late assignments will not be accepted for credit if turned in after the problem set has been returned to students, or discussed in class, whichever comes first. You are encouraged to work on problem sets together, but your answers must be written up separately and in your own words.



Semester: Fall 2012

Room: Α007

Date: Tuesday-Friday 9:00-10:30

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:30-13:00 (office M 103) (other hours: after appointment )




(listed from the most important, for the purposes of the course)

Roca, I., & Johnson, W. (1999). A Course in Phonology. Oxford:Blackwell Publishers.

Davenport M. & Hannahs S. J. (2010). Introducing Phonetics and Phonology. Hodder Education.

Clark, J., Yallop, C. & J. Fletcher (2007). An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (3rd ed). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Ladefoged, P., & Johnson, K. (2010). A Course in Phonetics. Cengage Learning.

Fromkin, V., Rodman, R., & Hyams, N. (2010). An Introduction to Language (9th ed., p. 643ff). Boston: Cengage Learning.

Ladefoged, P. (2005). Vowels and Consonants (2nd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Seikel, A., King, D., D.

Drumright (2005). Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing (3th ed.). USA: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Kenstowicz, M. (1994). Phonology in Generative Grammar. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Ladefoged, P., & Maddieson, I. (1996). The sounds of the world’s languages. Wiley-Blackwell.

Software (Open Source & Free)

Acoustic Analysis:


Citation Styles & Writing For your assignments you should follow the APA 6th ed. (See a tutorial here American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Type Percentage Description
Final Exam 55% The   Final Exam will test students’ knowledge on key phonetics and phonology   notions.
Assignments 30% 10-15   minute presentation in class and short written report. You will find a partner   in the class and the two of you will choose a phonology paper to read and   present to the class. Presentations will occur in Week 11.
Participation 15% Students   will be expected to attend class and participate in discussions, production   practice, phonetic analysis, and occasional quizzes. You may also be asked to   online activities.



* Do your weekly readings before coming to class.

* Homework must be handed in time.

* Class attendance and participation are important. If you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to contact me beforehand if possible.


Old Exams Papers

Mid-Term Paper Template