United Kingdom, London

The Sounds of Language: Principles of Phonetics

when 24 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1850

This module will provide a foundation for further study in linguistics, second language instruction and speech pathology.

The module will provide an overview of vocal tract anatomy. Students will learn, through daily practical exercises, how to produce the consonants and vowels of the world’s languages, and transcribe them using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

The first part of the module will focus on English consonants and vowels and the second part will cover speech sounds not found in English (including clicks, implosives, ejectives, tones) and linguistic voice quality. Students will learn about the acoustic properties of speech and the tools used to study these properties.

Course leader

Dr James White is a lecturer in the UCL Department of Linguistics. He completed a Ph.D. in Linguistics at University of California, Los Angeles and previously taught at the University of Ottawa.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Understand how all of the sounds of the world’s languages are produced;

Be able to transcribe speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA);

Understand basic acoustic and aerodynamic properties of speech;

Have gained practical experience with technology used to study speech sounds;

Be able to apply their knowledge in understanding how speech sounds are used and distributed in the world’s languages.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1850: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £400.
GBP 1000: Students may select a room in our designated Summer School residence for a fee of £1000 for one three-week session. The residence is within 20 minutes walk of UCL and comprises of single occupancy bedrooms with private bathroom and shared, fully-equipped kitchen. Bedding, wifi, coin operated laundry and 24 hour security are provided.

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