Phonology and Prosody

lclig2210  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Phonology and Prosody
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Simon Anne-Catherine;
An introductory course on phonetics and phonology of French or any other language.
Main themes
Familiarize students with prosody theories, and more specifically French prosody. The course will address three main issues: prosodic corpus annotation (perceptual and automatic); relation forms-functions; interpretation of prosody within corpora.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of the course,
  • students will be familiar with the main theories and annotation tools in prosody, and able to apply them to a small excerpt of speech.
  • The students will be able to read scientific articles in the domain critically
  • and to apply some of the research methods to carry out a small scale personal research project.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Main themes :
  • Prosodic parameters
  • Prosodic domains
  • Functions of prosody
  • Accentuation
  • Intonation
  • Pauses et hesitations
  • Prosodic units
  • Prosody and iconicity
  • Rythm in speech
  • Register
  • Phonostylistique
For each theme, theoretical approaches and several methods of analysis.
Teaching methods
Flipped classroom: reading of the syllabus (complemented with scientific articles), classroom discussions, practical applications, presentation of a research project.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam (70%) (personal research presentation). The active participation in class will also be taken into account in the attribution of the final mark (20%), as well as a test (10%) (prosodic annotation).
Other information
Syllabus + website (Moodle)
Online resources
Teaching materials
  • Prosodie du français. Perception, modélisation et analyse (syllabus disponible à la DUC)
  • Exercices auditifs d’après William A. Smalley "Manual of Articulatory Phonetics" (1964) (livret imprimé disponible à la DUC)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General