AJ02002 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Kateřina Tomková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, 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
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: 0/200, only registered: 0/200, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/200
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course is aimed at giving students elementary insight into phonetics, phonology and awareness of the specificities of spoken English. They should master the subject's terminology, make competent comparisons and form independent conclusions as well as improve their 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). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2007. 200 pp. Elportál MU. ISSN 1802-128X. info
  • GIMSON, A. C. An introduction to the pronunciation of English. London: Edward Arnold, 1962. xv, 294 s. ISBN 0-7131-5159-5. info
Teaching methods
This course is taught in alternating lectures given by Mgr. Robert Hanč and PhDr. Kateřina Tomková, Ph.D., on even week Mondays). The former instructor provides an insight into general Phonetics and Phonology and offers interesting comparisons between English and Czech. The latter instructor's lectures are practical, based on A. C. Gimson's Pronunciation of English, and are intended to form a link between theoretical mastery of fundamental notions in phonetics and their realization in the student's speech. Attention is focused on the sounds of speech (their description and classification) as well as their combination in words and connected speech with special regard to stress, rhythm and intonation. Different accents of English are presented in the lectures.
Assessment methods
Final test (60%) and interview (pronunciation 40%)constitute the final mark.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2000, Spring 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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