This course is about the sounds and sound system of the English language. You will study how human speech sounds are produced (articulated). You will learn how to describe/classify individual sound segments: consonants and vowels. After that, you will study the syllable and other related phenomena e.g. stress and intonation. You will also learn how to transcribe speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). You will also learn about how sounds can affect the way that other neighbouring sounds are pronounced. For example, by the end of the course you will be able to give a principled explanation of why in the final -s on the words cats, dogs and horses is pronounced differently: /s/, /z/ and /iz/ respectively.
- Lecturer: Farhad Tayebipour