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Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Phonology


Admission Requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 4 or a similar course.


This course is concerned with the basic principles of modern phonological theory, with particular reference to generative phonology, both the classical derivational model and that of Optimality Theory. The following topics will be considered: to what extent are the sound systems of all languages the same?; how do phonological processes in Modern English compare to those in Dutch and in earlier stages of English; how do sounds combine?; how are sounds structured?; phonological features.

Course Objectives

Students acquire a more in-depth knowledge of phonological theory, and learn how to relate phonological processes in English to those in other languages.


The timetable will be available from June 1st on the Internet.

Mode of Instruction

Two-hour seminar per week.


One in-term written assignment (30%), final written examination (70%).


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

To be announced.


Students can register through uSis.

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Contact information

English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or mail: