A basic knowledge of phonology is assumed; students should have followed an introductory course
Phonology is a field that finds its data in a variety of empirical domains – from fieldwork data to phonetic or psycholinguistic experiment, from ‘armchair’ judgement to careful study of corpora – and has built a respectable body of insights into how sounds systems in language are structured and how they develop.
After a few introductory classes, students will work on a specific phonological phenomenon. They will collect new data on the phenomenon, develop an analysis and write a paper, paying particular attention to each of the steps required in making a phonological analysis: from selecting a topic to dealing with comments from readers.
- Students will learn to distinguish between cross-linguistically common and rare phonological patterns.
2.Students will be able to analyze phonological patterns in a variety of ways and determine how they fit into a particular theoretical model or empirical observation.
- Students will write a paper with new data and a theoretical account..
The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.
Mode of instruction
Time spent on attending lectures and seminars: 28 hours
Time for studying the literature: 112 hours
Participation in research (collecting and analyzing data): 90 hours
Preparing oral presentation: 10 hours
Time to write final paper: 40 hours
Oral presentation: 30%
Written paper: 50%
Class attendance/participation: 20%
Resit: students who fail the course may resit the written paper.
Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.
McCarthy, J. (2008). Doing Optimality Theory: Applying Theory to Data. Oxford: Blackwell.
Oostendorp, M. van (ms.) Phonology: Theory and Evidence.
Papers to be distributed in class
When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the coordinator of studies
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
MA Linguistics departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: firstname.lastname@example.org