Introduction to Phonology

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Phonology

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: LIN400 LIN112
    The module is an introduction to the theoretical study of sound systems in the world's languages. We focus on the analysis of phonological data within a linguistically principled framework, and much of our learning will be by 'doing' - thus a large portion of the classroom time and assignments will be spent on data analysis from a wide variety of languages. We will work on extracting patterns from linguistic data, characterizing these patterns and representing them formally. Basic concepts to be covered include phonemes and allophones, distinctive features, natural classes, rule formalism, rule ordering and the difference/relation between underlying (abstract) and surface forms. Other concepts include syllable structure; stress; prosodic structure; and optimality theory. This module is a pre-requisite for LIN312 Unfamiliar Languages.
    Assessment: 15.0% Practical, 85.0% Coursework
    Level: 4

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