This module aims to provide a detailed understanding of all aspects of speech sounds. Phonetics components of first year modules will be expanded on in order to give a practical knowledge of a much broader range of speech sounds, how they are produced and how they are (and have been) analysed. A working knowledge of phonetics is fundamental to the wider study of linguistics, both theoretical and applied, and the discipline draws its methods and insights from a range of other areas of study including physics, biology and medicine. As well as furnishing students with necessary linguistic skills, this module will also give straightforward access to other bodies of knowledge which are often denied to students of the humanities, such as the biological and physical sciences.
There will be one lecture and one workshop each week. Some workshops will support and develop topics covered in lectures; others will provide backup for learning to accurately produce, perceive and transcribe sounds as presented on the alphabet of the International Phonetic Association.