Speech Melody and Conversation (ENG 546)

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‘Speech Melody and Conversation’ provides an overview of speech melody, its linguistic functions and applications in talk in interaction. The course focuses on linguistic, interactional, social, and cultural issues, integrating both theory and practice. The course introduces:

  • fundamental concepts in speech melody and prosody.
  • grammatical aspects of speech melody and
  • applications of speech melody in organizing everyday interactions.

The course covers these topics through the analysis of oral texts, discussion of key research methods and resources, reading texts written by leading theorists and finally by studying important papers by contemporary specialists. It will therefore be of major interest to everyone interested in phonetics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.



Room: Ε007

Date: Tuesday-Friday 15:00‒16:30

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:30-13:00 (office M 103)



Introductions on Phonetics and Phonology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introductions on Sociolinguistics

Duranti, A. (1997). Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fromkin, V., Rodman, R., & Hyams, N. (2010). An Introduction to Language (9th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning (pp. 429-479).

Holmes, J. (2008). An introduction to sociolinguistics. Pearson Longman.

Lippi-Green, R. (1997). English with an Accent: Language, Ideology and Discrimination in the United States. London and New York: Routledge.

Mesthrie, R., Swann, J., Deumert, A., & Leap, W. L. (2000). Introducing Sociolinguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Meyerhoff, M. (2011). Introducing sociolinguistics (2nd ed.). London and New York: Routledge.

Wardhaugh, R. (2002). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (4th ed.). Oxford: Blackwell.

Wells, J. C. (1982). Accents of English: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Introductions on Conversation Analysis

Bell, Philip, & Leeuwen, Theo van. (1994). The media interview – confession, contest, conversation. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.

Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth, & Selting, Margret. (1996). Prosody in conversation : interactional studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Liddicoat, Anthony. (2007). An introduction to conversation analysis. London: Continuum.

Ochs, Elinor, Schegloff, Emanuel A., & Thompson, Sandra A. (1996). Interaction and grammar. New York ; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Szczepek Reed, Beatrice. (2006). Prosodic orientation in English conversation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tannen, Deborah. (1993). Gender and conversational interaction. New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Software (Open Source & Free)

Acoustic Analysis: http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/ (Praat Tutorial)

Statistics: http://www.r-project.org/  (Manuals)

Citation Styles & Writing

For your assignments you should follow the APA 6th ed. (See a tutorial here http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx)

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.