2023-2024 / LROM0170-1

Phonetics and phonology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : French as a foreign language (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in linguistics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in speech and language therapy (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Laurent Rasier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course provides a theoretical and pratical introduction to phonetics and phonology. To this end, it examines concrete examples from Germanic and Romance languages.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, the students will have gained

  • a better insight into the nature and structure of language, both in terms of language production and perception processes as well as of linguistic interfaces;
  • solid theoretical knowledge of and pratical skills in the phonetic and phonological analysis of speech;
  • a better understanding of the mecanisms underlying the acquisition of phonology in one's mother tongue and in a foreign language;
  • a better insight into linguistic diversity (variability and diversity of the phonological and prosodic features of speech).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of (general) linguistics, language typology and/or phonetics and phonology.
Very good knowledge of French.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course will consist of lectures, seminars and practical exercices.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face, 30 hours, 1st term

Recommended or required readings

Key readings:
- Cutler, A. (2012), Native Listening. Language experience and the recognition of spoken words, MIT Press.
- Derwing, T.M. & M.J. Munro (2015), Pronunciation Fundamentals. Evidence-based Perspectives for L2 Teaching and Research, Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
- Di Cristo, A. ( 2013), La prosodie de la parole, Bruxelles: De Boeck.
- Trouvain, J. & U. Gut (eds) (2007), Non-native prosody. Phonetic Description and Teaching Practice, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Autres lectures en lien avec les thèmes abordés au cours:
- Caspers, J. et alii (eds) (2014), Above and beyond the segments. Experimental linguistics and phonetics, Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
- Collins, B. & I.M. Mees (2009), Practical phonetics and phonology. A resource book for students, Routledge.
- Fox, A. (2000), Prosodic Featuers and Prosodic Structure. The Phonology of Suprasegmentals, Oxford: OUP.
- Goldsmith, J.A. (2009), Phonological theory: the essential readings, Blackwell.
- Gussenhoven, C. (2004), The Phonology of Tone and Intonation, Cambridge: CUP.
- Hiligsmann, Ph. & L. Rasier (2007), Nederlandse uitspraakleer voor Franstaligen, Waterloo: Wolters Plantyn.
- Raphaël, L.J., G.J. Borden & K.S. Harris (2011), Speech Science Primer. Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
- Rasier, L. (2006), Prosodie en vreemdetaalverwerving. Accentdistributie in het Nederlands en het Frans als vreemde taal, thèse de doctorat, UCLouvain.
- Rietveld, T. & V. van Heuven (2009), Algemene fonetiek, Bussum: Coutinho.
- Van Oostendorp, M. et alii (eds) (2011), The Blackwell Companion to Phonology, Blackwell publishing. 
- Reader of scientific articles

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

- Remote

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Oral exam in January and Auguts/September. An additional paper will be asked for at the end of the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Enseignant titulaire Laurent RASIER Département de Langues modernes: linguistique, littérature, traduction Place Cockerill, 3, 4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 54 03 E-mail laurent.rasier@uliege.be
  Secrétariat Martine DELAVIGNETTE Place Cockerill 3, 4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 53 96 E-mail: mdelavignette@uliege.be 

Association of one or more MOOCs

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Online Notes
Notes are available on MyULg.