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Phonology I


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


This courses introduces the linguistic subfield of Phonology. Phonology deals with the knowledge and representations of the sound structure of language. The sound structure involves phonemes, features, syllables, stress and tone. These basic concepts will be introduced and the techniques of a phonological analysis will be explained and practised in small workgroups.

Course objectives

Upon sucessful completion of the course, students are able to demonstrate elementary knowledge of:

  • features and their role in phonological processes and sound inventories

  • syllable structure

  • stress systems

  • tone

They are also able to, at an elementary level:

  • analyze phonological alternations

  • syllabify sound sequences

  • analyze stress systems


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Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Workgroup

Assessment method


Weekly homework assignments. These have to be handed in weekly in order to be admitted to the midterm exam.

Midterm take home exam containing short open questions
Final exam containing short open questions and essay questions


Midterm exam: 30%
Final exam: 70%
In order to pass the grade for the final exam has to be 5.5 or higher.


A resit is possible for the final exam.

inspection and feedback

Reviews will be organized on an individual basis within 30 days after publication of the exam results.

Reading list

Hayes, B. (2009) Introductory Phonology. Wiley-Blackwell.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

not applicable


For questions related to the content of the course, please contact the lecturer, you can find their contact information by clicking on their name in the sidebar.

For questions regarding enrollment please contact the Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats
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For questions regarding your studyprogress contact the Coordinator of Studies


This course is open to students from the BA Linguistics only.

First year’s students BA Linguistics will be enrolled in the seminars of this course by the Education Administration Office.