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Postgraduate Course: Phonological Theory (LASC11148)

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) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Phonological Theory, LASC11148
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.).

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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Phonological Theory and English Phonology (LASC11147)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% Written assignment
60% Final Project
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key notions of phonological analysis
  2. identify and apply descriptive and theoretical tools appropriate for the presentation and analysis of phonological data
  3. extract phonological information from primary and secondary sources and systematically describe phonological patterns for a specialist audience
  4. analyse phonological patterns and discuss their relevance in the context of current phonological theory
  5. progress to advanced study of current research issues in phonological theory
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Objective description and analysis of empirical phenomena, critical evaluation of published analyses, essay writing
KeywordsPhonology,Linguistic Theory
Course organiserDr Pavel Iosad
Tel: (0131 6)50 3948
Course secretaryMs Sasha Wood
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