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Advanced Phonology 1


Admission requirements

Introductory (BA-level) courses in phonetics and phonology.


Our focus in this course is on the internal structure of speech sounds. We devote particular attention to the framework of Element Theory (Backley 2011), which offers a restrictive approach to phonological contrasts in terms of ‘elements’ rather than traditional features. In assessing the advantages of this approach, and the challenges which it faces, we will examine a range of phonological phenomena from a wide variety of languages.

Course objectives

  • Insight into a number of recent developments in theoretical phonology.

  • Insight into the importance of data in phonological theorising.

  • Insight into the structural aspects of speech sounds.


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Mode of instruction

Weekly two-hour seminar.

Assessment method


Presentation, in-term assignments, classroom participation (20%)
Final essay (80%)

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average. In order to pass the course, a minimum of a 5.5 is required for the final essay.


If the mark for the essay is a 5.49 or lower, a resit essay must be submitted during the resit exam period. There is no resit for presentations and in-term assignments.

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

Backley, Phillip. (2011). An Introduction to Element Theory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Additional reading material (to be made available)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website


Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats:

Coordinator of Studies