KSCA203 Chinese Phonetics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
Bc. Nina Krutilová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Zuzana Pospěchová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Zuzana Pospěchová, Ph.D.
Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Bc. Nina Krutilová
Supplier department: Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
KSCA203/01: Mon 14:00–15:40 N43, N. Krutilová
KSCA203/02: Mon 16:00–17:40 G12, N. Krutilová
No knowledge required.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
understand the essentials of Chinese pronunciation;
pronounce correctly Chinese syllables and syllabic combinations;
distinguish between different Chinese syllables and combinations of syllables in listening;
transcribe correctly Chinese syllables into the Latin alphabet using the Chinese transliteration pinyin.
have basic information about phonetics and phonology
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student should: - have basic theoretical knowledge about phonetics and phonology of Modern Chinese - be able to write Chinese syllables in pinyin transcription - detect correctly Chinese syllables and their combinations - be able to pronounce Chinese syllables and their combinations
  • A. Basic characteristics of Chinese phonetic system;
  • 1. Chinese syllable structure (initial and final: medial, central, terminal)
  • 2. basic information about Chinese tonal system, characteristcs of Chinese tonemes, atonic syllable
  • 3. pinyin as the basic Chinese transliteration into the Latin alphabet
  • B. Basic pronunciation training
  • 1. training of the initials
  • 2. training of the finals
  • 3. reading of the table of Chinese syllables;
  • C. Pinyin
  • 1. comparison between the Chinese pinyin and the Czech official transliterations
  • 2. differences in writing - finals and initials
  • 3. pinyin rules
  • D. training in pronunciation and writing
  • 1. training in pronunciation - isolated syllables
  • 2. training in syllable combinations
  • 3. combining syllables with toneme and atonic syllables
  • 4. various pronunciations of finals (transformations, erization, other phonetic phenomena)
Teaching methods
lectures, training in pronunciation in groups and individually, written tests
Assessment methods
test (minimum pass score 75 %) + written test (pinyin, minimum pass score 80%) + oral exam (pronunciation)
attendance in the class - 1 absence allowed during the semester
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Posluchači Čínských studií povinně zapisují v 1. semestru studia.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo program čínská studia je vyloučen.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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