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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 will evaluate traditional feature-based approaches to segmental structure and compare these to an approach in which segments consist of ‘elements’. In doing so, we will examine a range of phonological phenomena from a wide variety of languages.

Course objectives

  • insight into the structural aspects of speech sounds

  • insight into a number of recent developments in theoretical phonology

  • insight into the importance of data in phonological theorizing


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Presentations, 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 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.

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 announced).


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats.


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