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Undergraduate Course: Phonological Theory and English Phonology (LASC10083)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course combines a consideration of some classic and contemporary issues in phonological theory with an investigation of the phonology of a number of varieties of English.
Course description What is the phonology of English? Should we even talk of 'the phonology of English', or should we talk of 'the phonologies of Englishes'? This course considers and reconsiders many of the major phonological phenomena found in varieties of English (segmental inventories, syllabic structure, realisational processes, stress and foot-based generalisations) in order to better understand them. In doing this, we will always have an eye on (i) the issues that arise when we deal with the variation that exists between the 'varieties' of a 'language', and (ii) general issues in theoretical phonology. We will thus investigate both a number of characteristics of the accents considered (mainly from England, Scotland and North America) and also a number of crucial concepts from phonological theory (opacity and rule ordering, featural phonology, extreme phonotactics, foot-structure).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Modern English Phonology 1 (LASC10005) OR Honours Foundation: Phonology & Phonetics (LASC10041) OR Phonological Theory (LASC10088)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment - 40%
Final Essay - 60%
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Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- explain the issues involved in the description of the phonological systems of English accents;
- analyse key phenomena in the phonology of English using the fundamental tools of phonological theory;
- investigate how general issues in phonological theory hold-up when confronted with a detailed investigation of data from English;
- progress onto the study of current live research questions in English phonology and in general language-universal phonology.
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Course organiserDr Patrick Honeybone
Tel: (0131 6)51 1838
Course secretaryMiss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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