Introductory Phonetics and Phonology for Graduate Students

LING6007 – Introductory Phonetics and Phonology for Graduate Students

As its title suggests, this course is divided into two sections. In the phonetics section, two major points of reference are the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and a diagram of a cross-section of the mouth showing the organs of speech. You will use these in conjunction with the core course materials to explore the range of sounds that can be produced by the human vocal apparatus, the articulatory features that go into the production of these sounds, and the phonetic symbols that linguists use to accurately represent them. Phonology is the study of how sounds are organized. It uses phonetic information to analyse how sounds are interpreted to create meaning.  In the Phonology section therefore, you will learn how to adapt the features of phonetics to create phonemes out of groups of phones.

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