Phonetics: Sounds Across Languages

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
15 April 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA QQ13 English Language and Linguistics,
BA QQ15 English Language and Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA QQ16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ3D English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQA15 English Language and Lingistics (Including Placement Year),
MLINQA16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
MLINQQ14 English Language and Linguistics,
BA Q100 Linguistics,
BA Q101 Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q102 Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q103 Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA RQ91 Modern Languages and Linguistics,
BA RQ98 Modern Languages and Linguistics (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R114 Language Studies and Linguistics,
BA R115 Language Studies and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module covers topics in phonetics, building on skills acquired in LG110 Sounds. Students are expected to have a general familiarity with the sounds of English and systems used to describe sounds (place of articulation, manner of articulation, and voicing). In this module, students will further their knowledge of articulatory phonetics by looking at non-English sounds. The module will also cover the basics of acoustic phonetics, including the analysis of spectrograms, and audition.

Module aims

This module aims to:
• Introduce students to sounds found in languages outside of English
• Provide students with an understanding of basic acoustics
• Allow students ample time for hands-on exploration of acoustic phonetics and introduce the basic handling of digital audio files
• Introduce students to speech perception and audition

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should have a clear understanding of articulatory phonetics for English and non-English sounds. You should be familiar with acoustic phonetics and demonstrate knowledge of
details of sound wave structure and sound dimensions such as frequency, amplitude and duration. You will be able to read information off spectrograms in order to identify different sounds. You will be able to conduct acoustic speech analysis using e.g. Praat and produce documents to display your findings. At the end of the module you will be well equipped for independent phonetic analysis and advanced study.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

A two-hour class each week involving both lecture style teaching and practical work in computer assisted phonetic analysis (laboratory sessions).


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   lab reports    20% 
Coursework   In-class test    30% 
Coursework   Assignment 1    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 2    30% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Charles Redmon, email: c.redmon@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Charles Redmon
Dr Charles Redmon, c.redmon@essex.ac.uk, Office: 4.127, Number: 2227



External examiner

Mr Conrad Hechter Heyns
Goldsmiths, University of London
Director - Centre for Academic Language and Literacies
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 12 (60%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
4 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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