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Advanced Phonology 2


Admission requirements

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


In this course we focus on the notion of sonority. Sonority plays an important role in traditional onset-rhyme approaches to syllable structure. For example, in a language like English, complex onsets have rising sonority while complex codas have falling sonority. While sonority sequencing accounts for a sizeable portion of the phonotactic restrictions in syllables, the notion of sonority raises a number of questions, some of which have so far not received a satisfactory answer. To what extent is the sonority scale universal? How should violations of sonority sequencing be accounted for? How does sonority, which is a scalar property, relate to feature contrasts, which are typically categorical? What are the phonetic correlates of sonority? We will try to get a better insight into these issues by discussing a number of recent articles on sonority, syllable structure, and segmental phonology.

Course objectives

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

  • insight into the relation between phonetics and phonology

  • insight into the relation between segments and syllables

  • insight into the importance of data in phonological theorizing


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Weekly two-hour seminar.

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, with a new topic. There is no resit for presentations and in-term assignments.

Inspection and feedback

Students are entitled to view their marked essay within a period of 30 days, following publication of the results.

Reading list

A number of recent journal articles and book chapters (to be announced)


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory


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