Course ObjectiveAt the end of this course, students are capable of recognising and
producing the sounds of the languages of the world as well as
transcribing them using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
Students will also be able to read written material in phonetic
transcription, and be able to make the bridge from an inventory of the
phonetic sounds of a language to its phoneme inventory.
Course ContentArticulatory phonetics deals with the production, perception,
identification and categorization of speech sounds. In this course, we
study the sounds of the world’s languages: we learn how to recognize
them, produce them, and to transcribe them. We will also study how
particular segments and segment types are distributed across the
languages of the world. The course also includes a phonological
component, where students will learn how to get from a language’s
inventory of phonetic sounds to its inventory of phonemes. Being able to
read and write the International Phonetic Alphabet is a useful asset for
further linguistic studies in general, but practical knowledge of
articulatory phonetics, and a typological background of sound systems is
mandatory if you intend to do primary language data collection in the
Teaching MethodsStudents will need to spend a significant amount of time practising the
sounds individually at home, using various (internet) resources that
will be suggested during the course. Classes: 4 hours a week.
Method of AssessmentRegular attendence of classes is required (at least 80% of the classes).
Final transcription test: 70%
Final test about readings / phonology: 30%
You need to score a pass grade (5.5 or higher) for both the
transcription test and the final test in order to pass the course
Entry RequirementsBA in linguistics or BA in a particular language; MA/BA in Anthropology
or Bible Translation. This course is a prerequisite for the elective
course Field Methods & Linguistic Analysis.
LiteratureDo not purchase any of these books yet.
Bickford, Anita C. and Rick Floyd. 2003 [3rd ed. or any later editions].
Tools for Analyzing the world’s languages: Articulatory Phonetics.
Dallas, Texas: SIL International.
(1) Ladefoged, Peter and Ian Maddieson. 1996. The Sounds of the World’s
Languages. Oxford: Blackwell (selected sections).
(2) Catford, J.C., 2001 [2nd edition]. A practical introduction to
Phonetics. Oxford: Oxford University Press (selected chapters).
Selected chapters on the typology of sounds from The World Atlas of
Language Structures (Oxford, 2005), also available online:
Target AudienceMaster's students in Linguistics (Language Consultancy and Linguistic
Documentation); Research Master's students in Humanities (Linguistics).
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. L.J. de Vries|
|Examiner||prof. dr. L.J. de Vries|
prof. dr. L.J. de Vries
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