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NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

COURSE CODE: ENG 241

COURSE TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY OF ENGLISH

COURSE GUIDE
ENG 241 INTRODUCTION TO PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY OF ENGLISH Course Team Prof. David Eka (Develop/Writer) – UNIUYO Dr. I. Omolara Daniel (Additional Unit) – NOUN Prof. Francis Egbokhare (Editor) – UI Dr. I. Omolara Daniel (Programme Leader) – NOUN Mr. Theodore O. Iyere (Course Coordinator) – NOUN

NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

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Table of Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Introduction Course Aims Course Objectives Working Through the Course Course Materials Study Units Set Books Assessments Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAS) Course Marking Scheme Course Overview Final Examination and Grading How to Get the Best from the Course Tutors and Tutorials Summary

Introduction ENG 241: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology is a first semester, 3 credit hours course, for beginners in the study of General Phonetics and the Phonology of a particular language. It is a language course for second year students of English but students at similar levels in linguistics may also find the course adequate for their needs.

The course consists of fourteen units which cover a general introduction to phonetics and the phonology of English; the concept and nature of language, phonetics and phonology, speech production and description as well as nonsegmental features of tone/intonation; accentuation/stress, syllable structure, rhythm.

This course guide informs you about the course generally and how to go about achieving the best in it. You are advised to pay attention to every detail in what follows.

Course Aims The course aims at introducing second year university undergraduates to a systematic study of the nature of language, the basic sound production processes and a description of the basic sounds of a given language – the English language. In addition, the course exposes the undergraduates concerned to appropriate nonsegmental features of English.

Course Objectives On successful completion of the course, you should be able, among other things, to; i) ii) iii) iv) v) explain what language is; comment on the speculations about the origin of language; distinguish between natural and artificial language; identify language mediums and their features; Identify branches of phonetics;

vi)

explain the nature of speech sounds and distinguish them from letters of the alphabet;

vii) viii) ix)

explain the process of speech production/articulation; carry out a description of the basic sounds of English; undertake an analysis of syllable structure as well as rhythmic patterns using intonation, accentuation/stress.

Working through the Course To complete this course, you are expected to; (i) (ii) study and understand all the units; read recommended books and other sources which the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) may recommend for you; (iii) practice self-assessment exercise and submit Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs) for assessment by your tutor; (iv) (v) (vi) practice pronunciation following the recordings on your audio tapes; revise the study units and the accompanying exercises; sit for and pass the final examination on the course.

Course Materials The main materials in this course are: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) study units; text-books; assignment file; presentation schedule.

Study Units

There are fourteen units in this course, thus; A Module 1: Unit 1: Unit 2: Introduction and Overview Language: Nature, Origins and...
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