Postgraduate Course: Phonological Theory (LASC11148)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces students to the most important theoretical concepts in phonology, offers practice in the tools and techniques of phonological analysis and familiarizes them with a broad range of phonological phenomena in diverse languages. The focus is on theory construction and hypothesis testing, with a significant data analysis component.
Phonological Theory, LASC11148
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.).
Over the course of the semester, students will work with scholarly literature to extract information regarding the phonological patterns of a language of their choice. The assessment will require them to present this data, offer an analysis and provide theoretically informed discussion of any issues that it raises.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, 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)
|| 40% Written assignment
60% Final Project
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key notions of phonological analysis
- identify and apply descriptive and theoretical tools appropriate for the presentation and analysis of phonological data
- extract phonological information from primary and secondary sources and systematically describe phonological patterns for a specialist audience
- analyse phonological patterns and discuss their relevance in the context of current phonological theory
- progress to advanced study of current research issues in phonological theory
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Objective description and analysis of empirical phenomena, critical evaluation of published analyses, essay writing
|Course organiser||Dr Benjamin Molineaux Ress
Tel: (0131 6)50 6977
|Course secretary||Ms Sasha Wood