This course will be devoted to issues in English phonetics and phonology. The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the underlying notions of (and the differences between) phonetics and phonology. Processes affecting the vocalic and the consonantal system of English will be scrutinised: e.g. aspiration, yod-dropping, vowel-shift, glottalisation, flapping, l-darkening, etc. Special emphasis will be placed on learning the letter-to-sound rules of English.
There will no set texts, the exercises will mostly be taken from A. Nádasdy's Practice Book (see below).
The final grade will be based on the following components:
The grades will be weighed on the following scale giving a weighed average: mid-term test (30%), end-term test (40%), homework assignments (15% each), i.e. final grade = (grade1*0.3)+(grade2*0.4)+(grade3*0.15)+(grade4*0.15).
Regular attendance is a must and will be regularly checked (not more than 3 absences will be tolerated)
Students will be required to buy the minimally necessary course packet comprising the following books: