Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Rina Kreitman checkmark-circle


This module deals with the linguistic study of speech. It covers how speech sounds are organised into sound systems cross-linguistically (often referred to as phonology). Emphasis will be placed on the sound system of English (including dialectal variation) but basics of sound systems across the world's languages will also be covered and contrasted with English for the module will focus on our understanding of phonological systems, their organisation and formal representation.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Problem Set 1 (equivalent to 1,500 words) – 50%
Problem Set 2 (equivalent to 1,500 words) – 50%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the central areas of the study of speech and of the differences between phonetics and phonology;
2. Display a critical understanding of sound system organisation;
3. Demonstrate a cogent understanding of the English language and its varieties, and how this variation can lead into different phonological systems;
4. Use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for guidance, while being cognizant of the controversies surrounding the use of the IPA and its limitations;
5. Solve intermediate and advanced level phonology problems using appropriate tests and arguments.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills;
2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning in order to complete their assignments;
3. Communicate the results of their study accurately and coherently in writing;
4. Demonstrate IT skills and present information effectively.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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