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Phonology II


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Phonology I.


In this second course on phonology, the sequel to Phonology I, we focus on theory development: the process by which formal models are evaluated and revised in order to meet empirical and conceptual goals. The course will also provide an introduction to Optimality Theory (OT), a constraint- based framework that contrasts with the rule-based framework from Phonology I.

Course objectives

Students who have successfully completed this course:

  • have acquired knowledge about the basics of phonological theory development.

  • understand the basics of theoretical argumentation in phonology and are able to apply this knowledge at a basic level.

  • are able to analyze phonological data using Optimality Theory at a basic level.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Short Quizzes (4)
Midterm: Take home assignment
Final Exam: Final paper


Short Quizzes: 20%
Midterm: 30%
Final paper: 50%


A resit is possible for both the Midterm Assignment and Final paper. The Final paper should have a grade of 5.5 or higher to pass the course.

inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Zsiga, E. (2013). The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. Malden, MA, and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Kager, R. (1999). Optimality Theory. Cambridge University Press.
McCarthy (2008). Doing Optimality Theory. Malden, MA, and Oxford: Blackwell.
Kisseberth, C. (1970). On the functional unity of phonological rules. Linguistic Inquiry 1(3), 291-306.


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