BAProsodic Features of English

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Lectures

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Understanding features of English connected speech.
  • Understanding of the various functions of sentence intonation in English, also in comparison with Slovene.
  • Ability to analyse speech in terms of tonality (division into intonation phrases), tonicity (position of the nucleus) and tone (pitch level and pitch direction).
  • Ability to convert written and spoken material into phonemic transcription.

Course Content:

Students become acquainted with the prosodic features of English. A detailed presentation of word accent (primary and secondary stress, stressing of compounds) is followed by an overview of prosodic features in connected speech (assimilation, elision, weak forms of function words). Various models of English intonation and different approaches to the role and importance of English sentence intonation are explained, followed by a detailed description of the division of speech in intonation units, the structure of the intonation phrase, the position of the nuclear syllable and the functions of nuclear tones. Due to the nature of the subject matter, there is a strong focus on students’ active work, in order for them to acquire appropriate accentuation and intonation, as well as to attain fluent loud speaking and reading. Students also prepare short Power Point presentations of selected topics in English phonetics and phonology (including prosodic features). Active work on phonemic transcription is continued: students provide their own texts for transcription and submit these for correction and evaluation.

Course Literature:

  • Lecumberri, M. L. G., J. A. Maidment. 2000. English Transcription Course. London: Arnold. Number of pages: 160.
  • Wells, J.C. 2006. English Intonation. Cambridge: CUP. Number of pages: 276.


Regular assignments and examination at the end of the year.

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.