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Linguistics 6: Advanced English Phonology


Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 5: The Phonology of English Sounds and Syllables(or similar course).


In this course we will consider a number of recent developments in phonological theory from the perspective of the framework of Government Phonology, with particular attention to their importance for the study of English phonology.

Course objectives

  • Insight into a number of recent developments in generative phonology

  • Insight into the importance of data in phonological theorising

  • Insight into structural aspects of segments and syllables


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

Two-hour tutorial per week

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

  • 14 hours spent on attending lectures and seminars:

  • 66 hours for studying the compulsory literature

  • 60 hours to prepare for the exam

Assessment method

  • written examination

If the final grade is 5 or less students may resit the exam.

Attendance is compulsory. Unauthorized absence will mean that you cannot take part in the relevant exam(s).


This course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

  • Harris, John (1994). English Sound Structure. Blackwell.


Students should register through uSis. Exchange students cannot register through uSis, but must see the coordinator of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration via Studeren à la carte
Registration via Contractonderwijs


English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.