English Phonetics and Sound Structure

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    English Phonetics and Sound Structure

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    English, Phonetics and Phonology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Introduction
    This course gives a detailed explanation of the sound properties and patterns of the English language. To this end, it examines some basic concepts of English phonetics and phonology such as the articulatory organs, segmentals, acoustic phonetics, distinctive features, syllable structure, phonological processes, stress and intonation. This course also teaches students how to use a computer-assisted speech analysis program to diagnose their own pronunciation problems and to correct them.

    Course Objectives
    -Students gain some basic concepts of English phonetics such as the organs of speech, consonants and vowels of English
    -Students learn how to use a speech analysis program and study acoustic properties of English sounds
    -Students study some characteristics of distinctive features and phonemes
    -Students learn sound patterns and suprasegmental properties of English like phonological processes, syllable
    structure, stress, rhythm, and intonation

    Textbooks
    A course packet
    CD and DVD materials

    Assignments
    *Assignment 1: acoustic phonetics (7 points)
    *Assignment 2: quiz (5 points)
    *Assignment 3: pair/group work (8 points)

    Introduction Spelling and pronunciation The Articulatory System: Speech organs

    English Consonants Comparison between Korean and English consonants

    English vowels Comparison between Korean and English vowels Phonetic transcription

    Phonetic transcription Rules for English consonant and vowel allophones

    Rules for English consonant and vowel allophones Acoustics of Vowels and Consonants

    Acoustics of Vowels and Consonants Speech analysis: Praat

    Speech analysis: Praat Phonemic analysis Review

    Mid-term exam

    Distinctive features

    Syllable structure and English phonotactics

    Phonological processes

    Stress: basic concepts and application Stress: sentence stress and application

    Stress: basic concepts and application Stress: sentence stress and application

    Intonation: basic concepts Intonation: application

    Intonation: basic concepts and application Review

    Final exam

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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