Course Description

Course Name

English Phonetics and Sound Structure

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

Introduction
This course gives a detailed explanation of the sound properties and patterns of the English language. To this end, it examines some basic concepts of English phonetics and phonology such as the articulatory organs, segmentals, acoustic phonetics, distinctive features, syllable structure, phonological processes, stress and intonation. This course also teaches students how to use a computer-assisted speech analysis program to diagnose their own pronunciation problems and to correct them.

Course Objectives
-Students gain some basic concepts of English phonetics such as the organs of speech, consonants and vowels of English
-Students learn how to use a speech analysis program and study acoustic properties of English sounds
-Students study some characteristics of distinctive features and phonemes
-Students learn sound patterns and suprasegmental properties of English like phonological processes, syllable
structure, stress, rhythm, and intonation

Textbooks
A course packet
CD and DVD materials

Assignments
*Assignment 1: acoustic phonetics (7 points)
*Assignment 2: quiz (5 points)
*Assignment 3: pair/group work (8 points)

Introduction Spelling and pronunciation The Articulatory System: Speech organs

English Consonants Comparison between Korean and English consonants

English vowels Comparison between Korean and English vowels Phonetic transcription

Phonetic transcription Rules for English consonant and vowel allophones

Rules for English consonant and vowel allophones Acoustics of Vowels and Consonants

Acoustics of Vowels and Consonants Speech analysis: Praat

Speech analysis: Praat Phonemic analysis Review

Mid-term exam

Distinctive features

Syllable structure and English phonotactics

Phonological processes

Stress: basic concepts and application Stress: sentence stress and application

Stress: basic concepts and application Stress: sentence stress and application

Intonation: basic concepts Intonation: application

Intonation: basic concepts and application Review

Final exam

*Course content subject to change