Phonetics

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Unit One 6/28

Definitions and Foundation Concepts

This unit introduces you to the foundational concepts in linguistic Phonetics such as scope and aims of phonetics and types of phonetics.

Unit Two 7/28

Consonant Sounds

How consonants are produced and classified? This is what you are going to learn in this unit.

Unit Three 6/28

Vowel Sounds

This unit covers the articulation and description of vowel sounds, taking English language as an example.

Unit Four 9/28

Suprasegmentals

Supragsegmental features are very crucial in speech production. Producing a speech without suprasegmental features sounds like robotic speech. Suprasegmental features include stress, intonation and rhythm.

About this course

This course introduces basic concepts in Phonetics, articulation, articulators, types of sounds (vowels and consonants), segmentals and suprasegmental sounds, International Phonetic Alphabet and many more. 

Instructor

Mohammed Modhaffer
Assistant Professor

FAQs

What is this course about?

This course aims to equip you with a solid background in Phonology, which is the study of the systematic distribution of the speech sounds which are produced by human beings. Phonology and phonetics are related fields. However, phonetics examines all the possible sounds of human apparatua. Phonology, on the other hand, examines the sound systems of human languages.

This course aims to provide you with a solid knowledge of Phonetics, which is the study of how speech sounds are produced, transmitted and perceived. 

You should not have any linguistic background to join this course. We will introduce you to the subject gradually from zero to hero.

Study the materials, pass the exams and submit your assignments.Submitting assignments is an optional. You can consider submitting assignments if you want to improve your skills in research and have feedback on your writings. 

In order to obtain a certificate, you should score at least 50 out of 100.

Yes you can retake as many time as you can until you get a certificate.

This course offers a full-time 3 credits. It is equivalent to a paper in a Masters of Arts degree specialization.

The marks are calculated as follows: 

1. First Internal Assessment: 20 Marks.

2. Second Internal Assessment: 20 Marks.

3. Final Exam: 60 Marks.

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Syllabus

Unit One

Definition of phonetics, aims and scope of phonetics. Branches of phonetics: articulatory phonetics, acoustic phonetics, auditory phonetics. Speech organs. Processes of speech production: airstream mechanism, phonation process, oro-nasal process, glottalic airstream mechanism and velic closure. Phonation and types of phonation. Consonant classes: homorganic sounds, ejectives and implosives.

Unit Two

Place of articulation: bilabial, labiodental, dental, alveolar, retroflex, palato-alveolar, palatal and velar. Manner of articulation: oral and nasal stops, fricatives and affricates, approximants, laterals, trills and flaps. Coarticulation: anticipatory co-articulation, preservative co-articulation. Secondary articulation and double articulation.

Unit Three

Vowels sounds. Cardinal vowels: primary cardinal vowels, secondary cardinal vowels. The vowel system of English: short vowels, long vowels and diphthongs. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Transcription and types of transcription.

Unit Four

Supplemental features. Stress, primary stress, secondary stress, word stress and sentence stress. Intonation. Rhythm: stress-timed and syllable-timed rhythm.

Recommended Books

  1. Peter Ladefoged. (2017). Elements of Acoustic Phonetics. Chigaco: University of Chicago Press.

  2. J. C. Catford. (2002). A Practical Introduction to Phonetics. New York: Oxford University Press.

  3. J. C. Catford. (1982). Fundamental Problems in Phonetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

  4. Beverely Collins and Inger M. Mees. (2013). Practical Phonetics and Phonology: A Resource Book for Students. New York: Routledge.

  5. Mike Davenport and S. J. Hannahs. (2010). Introducing Phonetics and Phonology. New York: Routledge.

  6. Peter Ladefoged and Kieth Johnson. (2014). A Course in Phonetics. Stamford: Cengage Learning.

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