ENGL 228: Phonetics

Instructor:                   Sarah Ouwayda


Office:                        Fisk TBA

Phone:                       71 39 54 92 (Please do not call between midnight and 10am!)

Class meeting time:    Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Classroom:                 Nicely 202


Course description:

This is an introductory course in human language sounds. It introduces two primary subfields of linguistics:  Phonetics and Phonology, with more focus on the former.  Phonetics is the scientific study of sounds, their production, and their processing.  Phonology is the theoretical study of their interaction in human speech.  For the larger portion of the class, we will be covering the basic concepts in phonetics:  The vocal tract, articulation, acoustics, gestures, airstream mechanisms.  We will also cover some basic concepts of phonology:  syllable structure, stress, length, tone, and intonation.  Briefly, at the end of the course, we will go over some trends in phonological analysis, mainly rule-based analysis and optimality theory. During the course of the semester, typically one class per week will consist of lab sessions to train in the pronunciation and perception of various sounds, and the study of methods in measuring and documenting sounds and their production. 

This course has no prerequisites.

Tentative schedule

A more detailed daily schedule will be uploaded at the beginning of every week



Week 1 (June 21 – June 25)

Sounds and their production

Week 2 (June 28 – July 2)

Phonology and phonetic transcription

Week 3 (July 5 – July 9)

Airstream mechanism and phonation

Week 4 (July 12 – July 16)

Sounds as gestures

Week 5 (July 19 – July 23)

Acoustic Analysis

Week 6 (July 26 – July 30)

Phonology: Syllables, stress, length, tone, and intonation

Week 7 (August 2 – August 6)

Overview of current trends in Phonetics and Phonology & Class review



Required: A reading packet will be available at Danny's copy center.

Highly recommended textbooks:

Hayes, Bruce (2009) Introductory Phonology. Malden, MA. Wiley-Blackwell.

Ladefoged, Peter (2005) A Course in Phonetics - Thomson Learning . 5th edition



Participation:                        15%

Quizes:                                40%

Mini-paper or Quiz 3:             30%

Performance and dictation:    15% 


 Any homework and research must be your own work, or must be properly cited. Any improperly cited work will be subject to the AUB policy on plagiarism.