Phonological Development

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
14 May 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA Q11012 Applied Linguistics,
MA Q10012 Linguistics,
MA Q15012 Psycholinguistics,
MPHDQ15048 Psycholinguistics,
PHD Q15048 Psycholinguistics

Module description

This course explores how children learn about the sound structure of their native language. We trace this process from birth to the first school years, and examine what methods can be used to study it. We also consider what kind of learning mechanisms are at play, and how phonological knowledge can help children in initialising the acquisition of other aspects of language, such as grammar and vocabulary. Finally, we discuss how phonological development differs in children with common types of speech sound disorders, and what methods can be used for their remediation. Both perception and production are evaluated.

Module aims

i) Acquire expertise in interpreting and understanding behavioural research in early speech perception
ii) Gain some familiarity with the phonological analysis of speech production.
iii) Hone critical thinking skills
iv) Be agile with different assessment methods

Module learning outcomes

(i) to provide students with an overview of theoretical issues, experimental methods, and psycholinguistic models in early phonological acquisition
(ii) to enable students to understand and assess current scientific debates in this area, and
(iii) to help students understand the clinical implications of speech sound disorders.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1 x 2hr lecture per week for 10 weeks.


  • Johnson, Wyn; Reimers, Paula Mami. (2010) Patterns in child phonology, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   2500 Word Essay   26/03/2021  70% 
Coursework   Case Study Poster  09/04/2021  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
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Claire Delle Luche, email: c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk.
Claire Delle Luche
Claire Delle Luche, 4.313, 872113, c.delleluche@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Sarah Ann Liszka
University of Greenwich
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 309 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
309 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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