TCZJ11 Phonetics and Phonology of Sign Languages

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Lucia Vlášková (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lucia Vlášková
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Aneta Fidrichová
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages – Faculty of Arts
Wed 16:00–17:40 L35
Basic knowledge of phonetics and phonology of spoken languages
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 14/20, only registered: 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
In the course, students will familiarize themselves primarily with the basic concepts and issues of phonetics and phonology in sign languages. They will acquire the inventory of phonemes in Czech Sign Language (partially in contrast to phonemes in other sign languages), the minimal pairs method, and the principle of dual articulation in natural languages. The discussed phenomena will always be analyzed on specific linguistic material from Czech Sign Language.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students are able to structure the lexical unit of Czech Sign Language into individual parameters. They understand the role of a phoneme in natural language and can describe it using a specific example.
  • specifics of phonetics and phonology in sign languages
  • articulators and phonemes in sign languages
  • handshape
  • place of articulation
  • movement
  • non-dominant hand
  • syllable
  • prosody
  • non-manual components
    recommended literature
  • SANDLER, Wendy and Diane C. LILLO-MARTIN. Sign language and linguistic universals. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xx, 547. ISBN 9780521483957. info
  • The linguistics of sign languages : an introduction. Edited by Anne Baker - Beppie van den Bogaerde - Roland Pfau - Trude Schermer. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2016. xv, 378. ISBN 9789027212306. info
  • Sign language : an international handbook. Edited by Roland Pfau - Markus Steinbach - B. Woll. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2012. xii, 1126. ISBN 9783110204216. info
  • Sign languages. Edited by Diane Brentari. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xxi, 691. ISBN 9780521883702. info
Teaching methods
lectures, example analysis, discussion
Assessment methods
written exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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