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Section C

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

 

LI7: Phonological Theory

This paper is available for the academic year 2017-18.

Li7 Phonological Theory covers the central topics in current and traditional phonological theory, and familiarizes students with the leading theories of phonology. Prerequisite: Li1 or equivalent.

Topics: 

Michaelmas Term

Li7.1    Review of ordering; Lexical Phonology

Li7.2    Non-linear phonology and autosegments

Li7.3    The phonological skeleton

Li7.4    Feature Geometry

Li7.5    Syllables

Li7.6    Syllabification

Li7.7    Prosodic phonology

Li7.8    Vowel and consonant harmony

 

Lent Term

Li7.9    Underspecification

Li7.10 Stress

Li7.11 Neogrammarians, Structuralism, Government Phonology

Li7.12 Natural Phonology and Optimality Theory

Li7.13 Acquisition (L1, L2, toy grammars)

Li7.14 Aphasia and speech errors

Li7.15 Diachrony

Li7.16 Loanword phonology

Preparatory reading: 
  • Berent, Iris. 2013. The phonological mind. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Clark, John Ellery, Colin Yallop, and Janet Fletcher. 2007. An introduction to phonetics and phonology, third edition. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Kenstowicz, Michael, and Charles Kisseberth. 1986. Generative phonology: Description and theory. Emerald Group Publishing.
Teaching and learning: 

16 one-hour lectures, 8 one-hour practical sessions, 8 one-hour supervisions.

The paper's Moodle site can be found here. Please contact the paper coordinator or department secretary for the enrolment password.

Assessment: 

Assessment will be by a three-hour exam at the end of the academic year.

Course Contacts: 
Bert Vaux