LING40460 Phonology (MA)

Academic Year 2023/2024

The first part of this course focuses on phonetics, starting with articulatory phonetics and moving on to acoustic phonetics. Students are introduced to the instrumental analysis of speech, with a broad focus on different varieties of English.
The second part of the course focuses on the patterning of speech sounds in language exploring a range of cross-linguistic data.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
-describe, classify and transcribe speech sounds
-analyse recorded and transcribed speech, interpret data and process results
-interpret acoustic data from theoretical perspectives
-identify patterns in speech data and analyse them within particular theoretical frameworks
-demonstrate an understanding of current issues in phonological theory

Indicative Module Content:

Articulatory phonetics - description and classification of speech sounds
Acoustic phonetics - instrumental analysis of speech
Structure of sound inventories; Phonetic features
Distribution of sounds; Phonological patterning/alternations
Syllables, syllable structure
Acquisition of phonology

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Interactive web-based learning, enquiry & problem-based learning;
Reflective learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Speech analysis Week 7 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Data analysis Week 4 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Data analysis Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Sandrine Peraldi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 09:00 - 10:50