Courses Catalogue

Phonetics And Phonology

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Linguistics, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

In the current course, students focus on the basic raw materials of human language in its spoken form and how it is organized into specific systems for effective communication.

Students will study the sounds and sound patterns of the languages of the world from cognitive and social angles, combining theory and data. The experts teaching on this course will help students to become familiar with a broad range of topics in the fields of phonetics and phonology and encourage them to practice the application of the sound systems. Students will be tested in their competences in the description of human language sounds and their ability to recognize and transcribe these sounds.

Course Objectives

1)    To deepen students’ knowledge in the field of phonetics and phonology

2)    To provide practical training to illustrate how various articulators work to form sounds

3)    To allow students to evaluate current research in phonetics and phonology

4)    To develop students' awareness of phonological theories and perspectives that can be used to analyse and describe specific phonological issues

5)    To help students appreciate the distinctions between phonetics and phonology

Course Learning Outcomes Students will be able to:

1)    Portray knowledge of a wide range of phonetics and phonology processes in their spoken and written responses to the course assignments

2)    Show a clear understanding of the distinctions between phonetics and phonology

3)    Competently evaluate current research in phonetics and phonology

4)    Transcribe complex English texts

5)    Describe how sounds are formed

6)    Competently articulate English sounds

7)    Evaluate the applicability of phonological theories in selected language contexts