AJL02002 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Miroslav Ježek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Pavel Čanecký (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Miroslav Ježek, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Mon 8:00–9:40 C33, except Mon 15. 4.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 200 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 135/200, only registered: 0/200, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/200
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course aims at: 1 Familiarizing students with the theoretical (phonological) foundation of the study of human speech, 2 Familiarizing students with all the prectical (phonological) aspects of pronunciation with special regard to English, 3 Teaching students to apply the acquired knowledge, changing it into their personal best at speech habits and skills.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course a student will be able to - understand, interpret and apply basic terms in phonetics and phonology - discern the most common standard, regional and social pronunciation varieties of English - read and use phonetic transcription - reach his/her personal best at pronunciation
  • Week 1 – Introduction; Suprasegmental features. Week 2 – Introduction; The functions of language, Phonetics and Phonology, Levels of generalization of speech sounds. Week 3 – Introducing the International Phonetic Alphabet. Week 4 – Spelling and transcription; Structure of Coherent Speech; Types of sounds. Week 5 – Gimson I1-4; Classification of sounds in relation to commonest mistakes made by Czechs; Transcription practice. Week 6 - Gimson I5-6, stress and rhythm; Transcription practice. Week 7 – Speech organs and the creation of sounds; Changes in sounds in coherent speech. Week 8 – Gimson II7 – accents; final transcription practice. Week 9 – The most frequent types of sound changes. Week 10 – Stress, rhythm and intonation. Week 11 – Revision of fundamental terms in Phonology. Practical applications. Week 12 – Conclusions. Mock test.
  • KRČMOVÁ, Marie. Fonetika (Phonetics). 1st ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2007, 200 pp. Elportál MU. ISSN 1802-128X. info
  • TRIM, J. L. M. English pronunciation illustrated. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975, 96 s. ISBN 0521206340. info
  • CRUTTENDEN, Alan. Gimson's pronunciation of English. Eighth edition. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014, xxvi, 381. ISBN 9780415721745. info
Teaching methods
The course is taught in student-centered interactive lectures where students are introduced to recordings of authentic contemporary English in all its forms for their own home listening. Every student is given a 15-minute pronunciation interview the result of which is part of the final assessment. Students can follow Dr. Tomková's instructions in further training and ask for a remedial interview.
Assessment methods
Final test (60%) and interview (pronunciation 40%)constitute the final grade (max. 100 points). The pass/fail line is 60pts.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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