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Advanced Phonology 2

Course
2019-2020

Admission requirements

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

Description

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 Dutch, complex onsets have rising sonority (fles ’bottle’, trap ‘stairs’) while complex codas have falling sonority (wolf ‘wolf’, hart ‘heart’). 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. For example, to what extent is the sonority scale universal, and to what extent is it language-specific? 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? And 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 segmental and syllabic structure
Insight into the importance of data in phonological theorising.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction

Weekly two-hour seminar.

Course Load

Total course load: 130 hours
Time spent on attending seminars: 6 x 2 = 12 hours
Time spent on studying the compulsory literature: 68 hours
Time spent on preparing the presentation and final essay: 50 hours

Assessment method

Assessment

Presentation, in-term assignments, 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 final essay.

Resit

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.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for general information pertaining to the course, e.g. the course programme, the presentation schedule, in-term assignments, etc.

Reading list

A number of recent articles (to be announced)

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact

Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.

The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk