Introduction to Phonetics (PGT) ENGLANG5099

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course enables Masters-level students with little or no former background in phonetics to learn about speech production through a range of approaches including auditory, articulatory and acoustic phonetics. Students will gain skills in critical evaluation of key theoretical concepts and practical skills in identifying, transcribing and presenting speech sounds.


8 x 2-hr integrated lecture-seminar sessions;8 x2-hr practical sessions (comprising 1x1-hr workshop; 1x1-hr follow-up guided independent study) as scheduled on MyCampus.

This course may be taught in conjunction with ENGLANG4048, as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the MSc options in English Language and Linguistics, and the MSc in Speech, Language & Sociolinguistics, and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry


Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

ENGLANG5070: Modern English Language





Speech transcription task - 20%

Powerpoint presentation (Describe a sound in 2 minutes) - 10%

Essay (3,500 words) - 70%

Course Aims

This course will provide students with the opportunity to:

■ Develop a detailed understanding of the operational capabilities of the vocal tract;

■ Carry out independent detailed study of auditory, articulatory and acoustic aspects of phonetics;

■ Develop specialist practical skills of identifying and transcribing speech sounds, and of using mainstream speech analysis software;

■ Develop key skills in communicating information about segmental phonetics to a range of listeners, expert and non-expert

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify a range of key respiratory, phonatory and articulatory possibilities of the vocal tract in speech;

■ Reproduce and apply a range of key terms and concepts in the phonetic analysis of speech;

■ Summarize, illustrate and critically evaluate current theoretical approaches to phonetics;

■ Identify and transcribe various forms of English speech sounds;

■ Apply specialist mainstream speech analysis software for the analysis of English speech sounds;

■ Communicate complex information about an English speech sound to a specialist/non-specialist audience in an accessible fashion using an oral presentation

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.