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Undergraduate Course: Current Issues in Phonology (LASC10089)

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 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 Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Phonological Theory (LASC10088) OR Phonological Theory and English Phonology (LASC10083)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Visiting Students should have a strong background in Theoretical Phonology.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1) Written assignment - 40%
2) Final assignment - 60%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a familiarity with up-to-date methods in analysing selected phonological phenomena in a diverse range of languages
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of selected issues in current phonological theory
  3. Critically discuss relevant controversies in theoretical phonology
  4. Apply advanced theoretical tools to the analysis of phonological data
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Pavel Iosad
Tel: (0131 6)50 3948
Course secretaryMs Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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