KSCB107 Connected Speech Chinese Phonetics

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Zuzana Pospěchová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Lucie Olivová, MA, Ph.D., DSc.
China Studies Seminar - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Jana Vávrová Mašková, Ph.D.
Supplier department: China Studies Seminar - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
KSCA003 Chinese Phonetics && KSCA006 Chinese Language I && ! KSCA007 Chinese II
This course follows course KSCA003 Chinese phonetics. The main aim is to develop pronunciation and listening on longer texts. This course is for first grade students only.
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 24 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/24, only registered: 0/24
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
- practising phonetic aspect of putonghua from syllable to sentence levels; emphasis on coherent speech - explaining relevant phenomena through theoretical lectures on phonetic structure of putonghua (both phonological and phonetic) - regular readings of selected texts
Learning outcomes
Student will: - have basic theoretical knowledge of phonetic structure of putonghua - be able to produce coherent speech in correct rhythm, place stressed syllables correctly - be able to place boundaries in linear segmentation correctly
  • COURSE CONTENT: The layout of the course content to single lessons will be tailored to group of students according to their needs. 1. obtained skills consolidation: Achieving the optimal pronunciation of double-syllable words (correctly pronounced initials, finals, tones, qingsheng). Required theoretical complement. a) segmental level: - a brief presentation of the chinese syllable hierarchical model based on traditional components; explanation of the specific phonetic features of these components (improves the correct pronunciation of syllable) - initials: a brief overview of the phonological system based on pinyin; correcting the pronunciation of difficult initials - finals: a brief overview of the phonological system based on pinyin; correcting the pronunciation of difficult finals (diphthongs, triphthongs, finals) b) suprasegmental level (prosodic level): - for double-syllable formations: consolidation of 4-tones combinations, qingsheng, tone sandhi 2. Explanation and training of suprasegmental (prosodical) features of speech. Achieving the optimal phonetic form of sentences in a situational context (adequate layout and adequate realisation of stressed and no-stressed syllables + correct linear segmentation = proper speech rhythm, mastery of the sentence intonation). Specifically: - stress in Modern Chinese: putonghua as a stress-timed language (parallel to English, contrasting to Czech); sound realization of the stress and the "non-stress"; the relationship between tone and stress - variable accentuation of double-syllable words - the principles of the segmentation of the coherent speech, units (prosodic word, prosodic phrase) - the principles of stressing of sentence members - sentence stress (neutral vs. logical/contrastive) - sentence intonation - expressivity and expression of emotions (the pragmatic level of language communication)
  • používaný zvukový materiál: zejména Švarný, Oldřich a kol. Hovorová čínština v příkladech I.- IV. Olomouc: UP, 1998. (věty zapsané v prozodické transkripci)
  • Švarný O., Uher D., Úvod do studia hovorové čínštiny, Olomouc: Vydavatelství UP 1997.
  • Integrated Chinese : simplified characters. Edited by Yuehua Liu. 3rd ed. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2010. xxxi, 335. ISBN 9780887276446. info
Teaching methods
exercises - practising pronunciation, reading
Assessment methods
participation (max. 2 unexcused absences), homeworks, activity, oral exam in group of 3-4 students
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 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2019, recent)
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