English and drama

Approaches to Pronunciation

Module code: Q1073
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

The module introduces central themes relating to sound patterns and pronunciation in languages, with a focus on English.

You will be given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of the production of sounds, and to acquire the skills necessary to describe, define and transcribe consonants, vowels and certain non-segmental features such as stress and rhythm, using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

You are also introduced to fundamental concepts related to contrast and meaning in sound structures and to fundamental concepts in phonology that go beyond the description of individual sounds, such as syllable structure, stress, and phonological processes.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe and classify speech sounds; transcribe speech, using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
  • Demonstrate factual knowledge of the sound pattern of English.
  • Demonstrate linguistic understanding of the fundamental principles of phonology.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of variation in accents and the skills to describe and analyse this variation.