University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LING 111

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to descriptive and analytic techniques in phonology; the relation between phonology and morphology. The main language of exemplification will be English, although data from other languages will be discussed as appropriate.

    Speaking is the art of taking ideas in your mind and converting them into sounds. Doing this is neither easy nor transparent, and each language has its own set of patterns and rules to make this possible. Phonology is the study of these patterns. Beyond sound patterns, the class will focus upon how theories are built and tested. Online videos are extensively used to present material.

    Learning Outcomes
    There are two primary aspects you will take from this paper beyond the field of phonology:
    -First, how to build. In this case, we won't build buildings or software, but theories and ideas. How do we take a large number of facts and put them into a coherent theory that helps us understand?
    -Secondly, there is a project in which you will document a very small piece of a language, making recordings and analysing them for a permanent display. These items, and other aspects of the paper, boil down to the graduate profile attributes of: Critical Thinking, Lifelong Learning, Cultural Understanding, Research and Self-Motivation

    Course Structure
    This course uses online videos to teach critical concepts. This then frees up time within class to work on problems, debate theories and, generally, actually speak to each other. Therefore, you will need access to the Internet to watch videos and other material outside of class.

    The assessment breakdown is as follows:
    -Problem Sets: 40%
    -Class Project: 30%
    -Final Exam: 28%
    -Linguistics Beyond the Classroom: 2%

    The problem sets are a mix of analysing linguistic data and writing essays about the theories to explain them. The final exam is similar. In the project, you will record words of a language spoken in Otago (that you likely do not know) and then transcribe, analyse and report on that language. These results will be part of a permanent archive documenting the language diversity in the area.

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