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Undergraduate Course: Phonological Theory (LASC10088)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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.).
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 Phonological Theory and English Phonology (LASC10083)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above. These courses must have included a basic introduction to phonetics and phonology. We will only
consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
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 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 40%
Exam: 60%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Learning Outcomes
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
Reading List
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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Pavel Iosad
Tel: (0131 6)50 3948
Course secretaryMs Lynne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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