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Summer Course in English Phonetics

Lectures

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Lectures cover the following topics:
Introductory
  • Phonetics, the study of speech
  • L1 interference and negative transfer
  • Phonetic transcription and symbols for English
Vowels and consonants
  • Long and short vowels; diphthongs
  • Vowel duration: clipping
  • Voicing and aspiration: timing and the vocal folds
  • Consonants: voice, place and manner of articulation
  • Processes of assimilation, coalescence, and elision
  • Consonant clusters and phonotactics
Stress
  • Word stress
  • Compounds, phrases; double-stressed words and 'stress shift'
  • Rhythm and weak forms
Intonation
  • A framework for describing intonation
  • Placing the nucleus (tonic); de-accenting
  • Nuclear tones
  • Prenuclear patterns
  • Intonation and meaning
  • The intonation of questions
  • Intonation and discourse
Contrastive phonetics
  • Phonetic differences between Spanish and English
  • Phonetic differences between Japanese and English
Special topics
  • Accents of English
  • Global Englishes
  • Teaching pronunciation
  • New ideas in phonology: word structure and the foot
  • Viewing and measuring speech: spectrograms, fundamental frequency, formants
  • Beyond English: pharyngeals, trills, implosives, clicks etc