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Portugese Phonology and Morphology


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This course serves as an introduction to the phonology, phonetics, and morphology of the Portuguese language. Readings and lectures will discuss the distinctions between phonetics and phonology and examine the interfaces between phonetics, phonology, and morphology. Topics covered include phonological opposition and alternation, phonotactics, phonetic transcription (using the IPA), nominal/verbal inflection and derivation, and variation as it relates to all three areas of study.

Course objectives

  • Students will be able to distinguish between and describe the principal areas of study in each area (Phonology, Phonetics, Morphology).

  • Students will be able to perform phonetic and phonologic transcriptions of words in Portuguese using the IPA.

  • Students will be able to describe basic morphological rules and processes in Portuguese

  • Students will be able to apply the main concepts in phonology, phonetics, and morphology to carry out basic linguistic analyses in Portuguese

Transferable skills (useful job market skills):

  • Problem solving (recognizing and analyzing problems, solution-oriented thinking)

  • Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, proof)

  • Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, responsible attitude towards own project, acknowledging errors)

  • Commitment (dedication, motivation, proactive attitude, own initiative)

  • Self-regulation (independence, insight into one's own goals, motives and capacities)

  • Oral communication (presenting, speaking skills, listening)

  • Written communication (writing skills, reporting, structuring, summarizing)

  • Working together (teamwork, support, loyalty, fulfilling agreements, attendance)

  • Flexibility (dealing with changes, eagerness to learn, adaptability)

  • Critical thinking (asking questions, checking assumptions)

  • Creative thinking (resourcefulness, curiosity, out of the box thinking)

  • Integrity (honesty, morality, ethical conduct, personal values)

  • Intercultural skills (communication with different cultures)


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load is 140 hours:

  • 26 hours = attending lectures and seminars;

  • 24 hours = preparing and taking exams;

  • 90 hours = reading and prepararing for lectures; completing assignments

Assessment method


  • Mid-Term Exam (40%);

  • Final Exam (40%);

  • Assignments (20%).

Both written examinations will include closed questions (for example multiple choice), open ended questions and short essay questions.


  • Mid-Term Exam (40%);

  • Final Exam (40%);

  • Assignments (20%).

Both written examinations will include closed questions (for example multiple choice), open ended questions and short essay questions.

The final grade for the course will be established by determining the weighted average.


Only students with less than a 6 will be allowed to take the resit (for the relevant component).

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

  1. Silva, T. C. (2007). Fonética e fonologia do Português: roteiro de estudos e guia de exercícios.
    Rosa, M. C. (2011). Introdução à morfologia
    Optional texts:
  • Azevedo, M. M. (2005). Portuguese: A linguistic introduction. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

  • Basilio, M. (2004). Formação e classes de palavras no português do Brasil, 3a ed. São Paulo: Editora Contexto.

  • Ilari, R. & Basso, R. (2006). O português da gente: A língua que estudamos, a língua que falamos. São Paulo: Editora Contexto.

  • Monteiro, J. L. (2002). Morfologia portuguesa, 4a ed. Campinas: Pontes.

  • Rio-Torto, G. M. (1998). Fonética, fonologia e morfologia do português. Lisboa: Edições Colibri.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
E. Alves Vieira MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


The choice of textbooks used may be changed in case of difficulty in finding/purchasing the above-mentioned texts. Please contact the instructor before purchasing any materials.

Minimum 80% attendance required.