Course: Phonetics and Phonology II

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Course title Phonetics and Phonology II
Course code KAJ/7FF2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Smolka Vladislav, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
- reduction in unstressed syllables (weak forms) - lexical stress - aspects of connected speech: rhythm, linking, assimilation, elision - essential English intonation patterns and their functions - the relationship of English intonation and word order in Czech - differences in British and American pronunciation

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Activating (simulations, games, drama)
  • Class attendance - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject deals with suprasegmental aspects of contemporary English pronunciation, focussing on areas potentially affected by interference from Czech. The lecture provides a theoretical background, the seminars aim to develop practical pronunciation skills through imitation of native speaker models and through reading aloud. By the end of the course, students should master standard, natural and easily comprehensible pronunciation, and, on the receptive level, should be able to understand a range of standard and some non-standard spoken accents.
A practical knowledge of the phonological system of English, acquisition of standard, comprehensible pronunciation, particularly on the suprasegmental level.
Minimum level of English: Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate. A practical knowledge of essential concepts of segmental phonetics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Combined exam

Active participation in the seminars, regular home preparation, passing grade in in-term tests and in the final exam. The credit is given for the work in the second module (7FF1), the final exam includes topics included in both 7FF1 and 7FF2.
Recommended literature
  • Carley, P., Mees, I. M. & Collins, B. English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice. London, 2018.
  • Cruttenden, A. Gimson's Pronunciation of English. Eighth Edition.. London, 2014.
  • Gimson, A.C. An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English (výběrově). London, 1989.
  • Ogden, R. An Introduction to English Phonetics.. Edinburgh, 2017.
  • Roach, P. English Phonetics and Phonology. Cambridge, 1991.
  • Skaličková, A. Fonetika současné angličtiny. Praha, 1982.
  • Volín, J. IPA?based transcription for Czech students of English.. Praha, 2002.
  • Wells, J.C. English Intonation: An Introduction.. Cambridge, 1996.
  • Wells, J.C. Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (Third edition).. Harlow, 2008.

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