Undergraduate Course: Phonological Theory and English Phonology (LASC10083)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assignment - 40%
Final Essay - 60%
|No Exam Information
| 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Patrick Honeybone
Tel: (0131 6)51 1838
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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