Undergraduate Course: Phonological Theory (LASC10088)
|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 introduces students to the tools and techniques of phonological analysis and familiarizes them with a wide variety of phonological phenomena in diverse languages. The focus is on theory construction and hypothesis testing, with a significant data analysis component throughout the course.
This course familiarises students with the diversity of sound patterns found in human language and equips them with the representational and computational tools necessary to analyse these patterns. Building on concepts such as phonemes and distinctive features, students will become familiar with architecture of generative phonology (the notion of phonological computation, underlying and surface representations) and elements of phonological analysis (segments, various approaches to featural structure including models of feature geometry, syllabic, moraic and foot structure, stress, tone etc.). The course uses data from a broad range of typologically diverse languages to make students aware of the range of cross-linguistic variation in phonology, introduce relevant analytical concepts, and provide training in their use for phonological analysis. Students will also become familiar with some key questions bearing on the interaction of phonology with other components of the language faculty and with important theoretical controversies (markedness, abstractness, phonological and phonetic representations etc.).
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). These courses must have included a basic
introduction to phonetics and phonology. We will only
consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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| On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain key notions of phonological analysis in a variety of frameworks
- Apply appropriate descriptive and analytical tools for the analysis of phonological data
- Discuss how a particular phonological phenomenon is relevant to general theoretical issues,
whether it presents specific challenges to theoretical frameworks and how these challenges
might be resolved
- Progress to advanced study of current research issues in phonological theory
|Backley, P. (2011) An Introduction to Element Theory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press|
Kenstowicz, M. (1994) Phonology in Generative Grammar. Oxford: Blackwell
Odden, D. (2013) Introducing Phonology. Cambridge: CUP (2nd ed.)
Roca, I. & Johnson, W. (1999) A Course in Phonology. Oxford: Blackwell
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Pavel Iosad
Tel: (0131 6)50 3948
|Course secretary||Miss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602