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Phonology I


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


This courses introduces the linguistic subfield of Phonology. Phonology deals with the knowledge and representations of the sound structure of language. The sound structure involves phonemes, features, syllables, stress and tone. These basic concepts will be introduced and the techniques of a phonological analysis will be explained and practised in small workgroups.

Course objectives

Upon sucessful completion of the course, students are able to demonstrate elementary knowledge of:

  • features and their role in phonological processes and sound inventories

  • syllable structure

  • stress systems

  • tone

They are also able to, at an elementary level:

  • analyze phonological alternations

  • syllabify sound sequences

  • analyze stress systems


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Workgroup

Course Load

Total course load 140 hours

  • Lectures: 13 hours

  • Workgroups (compulsory): 13 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 31 hours

  • Assignment(s): 31 hours

  • Preparation exams: 48 hours

  • Exam(s): 4 hours

Assessment method


weekly homework assignments. These have to be handed in weekly in order to be admitted to the midterm exam.

midterm take home exam containing short open questions
final exam containing short open questions and essay questions


midterm exam: 30%
final exam: 70%
In order to pass the grade for the final exam has to be 5.5 or higher.


A resit is possible for the final exam.

inspection and feedback

Reviews will be organized on an individual basis within 30 days after publication of the exam results.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Announcements

  • Course syllabus

  • Course material

  • Assignments

  • Midterm exam

Reading list

Robert Kennedy (2017). Phonology, a coursebook. Cambridge University Press.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website


For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher: Claartje Levelt

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies


This course is open to students from the BA Linguistics only.

First year’s students BA Linguistics will be enrolled in the seminars of this course by the Education Administration Office.