LING 6406 The Pronunciation and Spelling of English

Pre-requisites:LING 2402

The interface between pronunciation, inclusive of regional and social class accent, and spelling, requires study, as do the range of intervening factors such as etymology and morphology. There is need for persons involved professionally with English to have a scientific understanding of the principles underpinning phonological systems across dialects of English, the spelling system of English, and the factors which affect the relationship between pronunciation and orthography. The course will examine the phonological features of the major accents of English (working from both actual spoken language data as well as data derived from written sources) and Identify and explore the principles underpinning the spelling conventions of English (based on actual spelling usage within texts written in English within international corpora of English).

Method of Instruction: 3 weekly seminar hours
Assessment: 100% in-course assessment (4 practical in-course analytical exercises on features of the pronunciation and spelling of English - 15% each. and 1 Research Paper - 40%)

Basic Reading List

Cook, Vivian. The English Writing System. London: Arnold, 2004.

Roach, Peter. English Phonetics and Phonology: A Practical Course. 3d ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

More Information

This course is part of the MA in English Language and the MA in TESOL, and is normally offered in Semester 2.


Giegerich, Heinz J. English Phonology: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1992.

Jenkins, Jennifer. 2000. The Phonology of English as an International Language: New Models, New Norms, New Goals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Shockey, Linda. The Sound Patterns of Spoken English. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.

Wells, John C. Accents of English. Vols. 1–3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Carney, Edward. A Survey of English Spelling. London: Routledge, 1994.

Carney, Edward. English Spelling. London: Routledge, 1997.
Harris, Roy. Signs of Writing. London: Routledge, 1995.

Neef, Martin, Anneke Neijt and Richard W. Sproat, eds. The Relation of Writing to Spoken Language. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2002.

Aitchison, Jean. Words in the Mind. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994.

Greenbaum, Sidney, ed. Comparing English Worldwide: The International Corpus of English. Clarendon: Oxford, 1996.

Peyawary, Ahmad S. The Core Vocabulary of International English: A Corpus Approach. Bergen: HIT Centre, 1999.

Allsopp, Richard. Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage. Oxford University Press,
Oxford, 1996.

Wells, John C. Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. 3rd ed. London: Longman, 2008.

Winer, Lise. Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009.