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Master 2018/2019

Research Seminar "Phonetic Aspect of Speech Communication"

Area of studies: Linguistics
When: 1 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Elena Freidina
Master’s programme: Иностранные языки и межкультурная коммуникация
Language: English
ECTS credits: 2

Course Syllabus


The course is designed to enhance students' awareness of contemporary English pronunciation within the theoretical context of communicative phonetics. Special focus is given to territorial, social and situational variability of pronunciation as well as to the functioning of phonetic units in cross-cultural communication. The course is aimed at developing the students' understanding of the factors regulating the use of phonetic means in spoken English and improving their own professional communication skills .
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • explore and describe the functioning of phonetic means in cross-cultural communication in English;
  • develop an understanding of the phonetic aspect of English as the Global language;
  • - provide effective strategies of speech communication and develop professional speech culture.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the understanding of the key categories of segmental and suprasegmental phonetics (functional aspect); the main trends in the research of oral speech; methods of phonetic analysis
  • demonstrate the understanding of the system of English intonation and its functions; territorial, social and situational variation of phonetic means; prosodic characteristics of various forms and genres of spoken discourse; phonetic aspect of cross-cultural communication;
  • place different types of pronunciation within a recognised theoretical framework
  • recognise the sources of phonetic variation
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out the analysis of the intonation structure of the utterance and phonostylistic analysis of oral discourse
  • demonstrate the ability to select discourse strategies and phonetic means with regard for the speech situation
  • demonstrate a high level of verbal and presentation skills in support of professional argument
  • - demonstrate a high level of professional speech culture
  • - critically reflect upon own communication skills
  • demonstrate a high degree of autonomous learning and self-discipline
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Phonetic Units and their Functioning in Speech Communication
    What is phonetics in communication? What are the three types of phonetics? What are phonetic features? What is the concept of phonetics?
  • Territorial, Social and Situational Variation of English Pronunciation
    National standards of Pronunciation in the parts of the UK, the USA, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.
  • English Intonation and its Functions in Speech Communication
    What is intonation in speech communication? What are the functions of intonation in English? Intonation definition and examples in speech.
  • Phonostylistic Aspect of Oral Discourse
    Stylistic use of intonation. Intonational (phonetic) styles and their principles.
  • Pronunciation Standard and Phonetic Variants in Cross-cultural Communication and EFL Teaching
    The Effects of Culture on Language Learning and Ways of Communication: cases
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.4 * Exam + 0.6 * Presentation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Holmes, J., & Wilson, N. (2017). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Vol. Fifth Edition). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1467482
  • Piller, I. (2016). Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice : An Introduction to Applied Sociolinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1134754
  • Smakman, D., & Heinrich, P. (2018). Urban Sociolinguistics : The City As a Linguistic Process and Experience (Vol. First edition). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1585404
  • The Cambridge Handbook of Sociolinguistics, edited by Rajend Mesthrie, Cambridge University Press, 2011. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=803144.
  • Акопян, А.Г. Divergences Between General American and British English: a General Outline : учеб. пособие / А.Г. Акопян, С.Г. Николаев ; Южный федеральный университет. - Ростов-на-Дону ; Таганрог : Издательство Южного федерального университета, 2018. - 124 с. - ISBN 978-5-9275-3000-7. - Режим доступа: https://new.znanium.com/catalog/product/1039778

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • BRAIN, R. M. (2011). Genealogy of “ZANG TUMB TUMB”: Experimental Phonetics, Vers Libre, and Modernist Sound Art. Grey Room, 43, 88–117. https://doi.org/10.1162/GREY_a_00026
  • Mesthrie, R. (2011). The Cambridge Handbook of Sociolinguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=400558
  • Wardhaugh, R., & Fuller, J. M. (2015). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Vol. Seventh edition). [Hoboken, NJ]: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=862097
  • Авербух М.Д. - Практическая фонетика английского языка: учебное пособие - Издательство "ФЛИНТА" - 2018 - 362с. - ISBN: 978-5-9765-3455-1 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЛАНЬ - URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/105137
  • Дубовский Ю.А., Докуто Б.Б., Переяшкина Л.Н. - Английская коммуникативная фонетика: учебное пособие - Издательство "ФЛИНТА" - 2019 - 558с. - ISBN: 978-5-9765-1977-0 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЛАНЬ - URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/122603
  • Дубовский, Ю. А. Английская коммуникативная фонетика [Электронный ресурс] : учебное пособие / Ю. А. Дубовский, Б. Б. Докуто, Л. Н. Переяшкина. — 2-е изд., стер. — Москва : ФЛИНТА, 2019. — 558 с. – ISBN 978-5-9765-1977-0. – Режим доступа: https://new.znanium.com/catalog/product/1047927
  • Евстифеева М.В. - Теоретическая фонетика английского языка. Лекции, семинары, упражнения - Издательство "ФЛИНТА" - 2012 - 168с. - ISBN: 978-5-9765-1115-6 - Текст электронный // ЭБС ЛАНЬ - URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/2621