(Hangtan) in spring 2015
, Mon 12:00–13:30
, Gólyavár B
lecture, 15 h/term; weak prereq: BBN-ANG-141
description & set texts
BBN-ANG-241 Phonology: The Rules of English Phonology
This is an introductory/intermediate course in English phonology that builds on the material students have studied in BBN-ANG-141 (Foundations of phonology). The course is descriptively rather than theoretically oriented and concentrates on phonology rather than phonetics. The focus of the course is a detailed discussion of the principal segmental and suprasegmental properties (word stress) of the sound pattern of English and the phonological rules that are required to handle them. The course also serves as an introduction to rule-based (generative/derivational) phonological analysis.
set texts: select chapters from
- Nádasdy Ádám (2006) Background to English Pronunciation (Phonetics, Phonology, Spelling). Budapest: Nemzeti Tankönyvkiadó.
requirements & assessment
written end-term exam qualifying section + (transcription + fill-in + multiple choice test): 60 points = 100%
marks & scores
Answer 10 simple fill-in questions about English phonetics and phonology:
- 2 about the graphic positions of vowel letters,
- 2 about the phonological classes of vowels,
- 1 about the place of articulation of consonants,
- 1 about the manner of articulation of consonants,
- 1 about the voicing of consonants,
- 2 about the height of vowels,
- 1 about the backness of vowels.
Students must answer 8 of the 10 questions correctly for their test to be marked further. If there are more than three wrong answers, the student fails (=elégtelen), and the rest of the test will not be corrected/graded.
- transcription: transcribe 10 regularly spelt words using Gimson's notation. Note that the spelling (letter-to-sound) rules whose knowledge is necessary to complete this part of the test are not discussed in the course itself but must be learnt from Nádasdy (2006)
fill-in: 15 fill-in questions (based on the lectures and select chapters of Nádasdy (2006))
- multiple choice: 35 multiple choice questions (based on the lectures and select chapters of Nádasdy (2006)) in which you have to choose the correct one out of 4 alternative answers
five = 80.01–100.00%
four = 70.01–80.00%
three = 60.01–70.00%
two = 50.01–60.00%
fail = 0–50.00%