Phonetics is concerned with how sounds are produced, transmitted and perceived. Phonology is concerned with how sounds
function in relation to each other in a language. In other words, phonetics is about sounds of language, phonology about sound systems of language. Phonetics is a descriptive tool necessary to the study of the phonological aspects of a language.
Phonetics and phonology are worth studying for several reasons. One is that as all study of language, the study of phonology gives us insight into how the human mind works. Two more reasons are that the study of the phonetics of a foreign language gives us a much better ability both to hear and to correct mistakes that we make, and also to teach pronunciation of the foreign language (in this case English) to others.Cornelia Hamann and Carmen Schmitz (2005).
This course thus studies language in terms of the sound and sound systems therein. We explore the phonetic alphabet as a means to bettering our articulation of sounds and eventually words. The course will also prove to be an eye opener in terms of language learning in children as an L1 and in adults as an L2.
- Teacher: Tendai Owen Chikara