LING10030 Sounds in Language

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module introduces the area of Linguistics that deals with the description and classification of the sounds found in human languages - Articulatory Phonetics - and the related area that deals with the structure of sound systems in languages, i.e. the distribution, patterning and interaction of sounds in natural (human) language - Phonology. Data from a number of languages are analysed and cross-linguistic generalisations established. The acquisition of the sound system (child phonology) is also looked at.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students should be able to
-describe and classify the sounds of language
-transcribe words and phrases of English using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
-recognise and analyse the patterning of speech sounds in words and phrases
-describe systematic generalisations involving sounds
-understand the diversity of sound systems cross-linguistically

Indicative Module Content:

Describing and classifying sounds in natural (human) language
Using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to represent those sounds
Transcription – word and phrase transcriptions (using the IPA)
What happens when sounds are uttered at different rates (in words/phrases)? - phonetic phenomena that are dependent on rate of speech – fast/casual speech vs. slow/careful speech

Structure of sound systems – distribution, patterning and interaction of sounds in natural (human) language
Language-particular vs. cross-linguistic facts/generalisations
Acquisition of the sound system (child phonology)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures will be held online at the scheduled times. Lecture material will be available through Brightspace.

Tutorials will be held every second week (starting in the second week of classes). Students will have a choice of online or on-campus tutorials. The on-campus tutorials will run subject to public health guidelines and may have to move online.

Approaches to learning include: interactive web-based learning, problem-based learning, reflective learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Sounds in Language (LING1903)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Phonetics test Week 4 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Data analysis and discussion Week 12 Yes Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Phonetics test Week 7 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Mrs Eva Kilar-Magdziarz Tutor
Dr Maria O'Reilly Tutor