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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Language Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Current Issues in Phonology (LASC11123)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course tackles advanced issues in phonology by drawing on theoretical analyses of phonological phenomena in a wide variety of typologically diverse languages. Specific attention is given to interface phenomena and the ways in which morphology-phonology and phonology-phonetics interactions can be accounted for theoretically. Theoretical issues in derivational and representational frameworks will be examined, and constraint-based models of grammar (including stratal / cyclic models) will be studied in detail. The question of how experimental results can be incorporated into phonological analyses and issues concerning the empirical grounding of phonological theory will also be discussed.
Course description (Indicative)
The morphology-phonology interface
The phonology-phonetics interface
Optimality theoretic models of phonology
Stratal / cyclic models of phonology (Lexical Phonology & Stratal OT)
The life cycle of phonological processes
Experimental phonology and theoretical analysis
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final essay of 4000 words (100%)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be familiar with up-to-date analyses of major phonological phenomena in a diverse range of world languages. They will have acquired a critical grasp of current phonological theory and advanced problem-solving skills in phonology.
Reading List
Bermúdez-Otero, R. (2011). Cyclicity. In M. van Oostendorp, C. Ewen, E. Hume & K. Rice (eds). The Blackwell companion to phonology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 2019-2048.

Coetzee, A. W. (2009). Grammar is both categorical and gradient. In S. Parker (ed.). Phonological argumentation: essays on evidence and motivation. London: Equinox, 9-42.

Giegerich, H. (1999). Lexical strata in English: morphological causes, phonological effects. Cambridge: C.U.P.

Kager, R. (1999). Optimality Theory. Cambridge: C.U.P.

Kochetov, A. & M. Pouplier. (2008). Phonetic variability and grammatical knowledge: an articulatory study of Korean place assimilation. Phonology 25: 399-431.

McCarthy, J. J. (2002). A thematic guide to optimality theory. Cambridge: C.U.P.

Solé, M. J., P. Speeter Beddor & M. Ohala (2007). Experimental approaches to phonology. Oxford: O.U.P.

Steriade, D. (2001). Directional asymmetries in place assimilation: a perceptual account. In E. Hume & K.Johnson (eds). The role of speech perception in phonology. Academic Press: San Diego. 219-25.
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Course organiserDr Michael Ramsammy
Tel: (0131 6)50 3959
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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