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English Phonetics and Phonology - AAA110020
Title: Fonetika a fonologie angličtiny
Guaranteed by: Ústav anglistiky a amerikanistiky (21-UAA)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2012
Semester: winter
Points: 8
E-Credits: 7
Examination process: winter s.:
summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, C [HT]
summer s.:1/1, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: not taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Guarantor: prof. PhDr. Jan Volín, Ph.D.
doc. Mgr. Radek Skarnitzl, Ph.D.
Is incompatible with: AAA130021, AAA130022
Is interchangeable with: AAA220020
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Annotation -
Last update: UAAMALAM (30.01.2009)
The course introduces the description of segmental and suprasegmental sound structure of English. After an elementary
explanation of terminology and speech organs, the students learn the system of English speechsounds from the articulatory
and perceptual viewpoints. The acoustical viewpoint is presented only to a limited extent, while the functional viewpoint is
covered especially in relation to comparing the major dialects of English. The description of individual speech segments is
accompanied by basic orthographical principles of modern English. The suprasegmental area emphasizes the standard
stress and rhythm; the latter is analyzed and subsequently practiced along with specific features of reductions in English and
resyllabification in connected speech. The information on English intonation is focused phonologically. Course work includes
continuous formation of new articulatory and closely related descriptive skills of the students.
Literature -
Last update: UAAMALAM (30.01.2009)
Basic literature:
Roach, P., English Phonetics and Phonology (Third Edition. Cambridge: CUP, 2000)

Volín, J., IPA-Based Transcription for Czech Students of English (Praha: Karolinum, 2002)

Cruttenden, A., Gimson's Pronunciation of English (London: Edward Arnold, 1994)

Wells, J.C., Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (Harlow: Longman, 1990)

Recommended supplementary literature:
Catford, J.C., A Practical Introduction to Phonetics. (Oxford: OUP, 1988)

O'Connor, J.D., Better English Pronunciation (Second edition. Cambridge: CUP, 1980)

Yavas, M., Applied English Phonology (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006)

García-Lecumberri, M. L. & Maidment, J. A., English Transcription Course (London: Arnold, 2000)

Palková, Z., Fonetika a fonologie ?eštiny (Praha: Karolinum, 1994) s. 21-169

Teaching methods - Czech
Last update: UAAMALAM (30.05.2008)

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Syllabus -
Last update: UAAMALAM (30.01.2009)

Winter semester

The subject of phonetics as a scientific discipline

The sound aspect of the communication process

Speech organs

Vocalic system, primary vowels

Diphthongs, modified vowels

Consonantal system, phonetic features



Affricates and nasals


Assimilation and coarticulation

Elision of speechsounds

Connected speech, boundary phenomena and juncture

summer semester

Syllable structure, phonotactics

Vowel reduction - the mid central vowel

Neutralization of systemic oppositions

Weak forms of synsemantic words

Word stress - acoustic nature, distribution

Stress in lexical derivations

Stress in lexical compounds

Rhythmical structure of utterances

Metrical structure of language and eurhythmy

Tone inventory of English

Intonation structure of tone-units

Linguistic functions of intonation

Affective functions of intonation

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