Linguistics 2247B
Phonological Analysis

Antirequisite(s): The former Anthropology 2247A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Anthropology 1027A/B or Linguistics 2288A/B.

Course Description:

Phonology studies the organization of the speech sounds and their patterned interactions. This course begins with a review of Phonetics, and covers such topics as Phonemic Analysis, Phonological Alternations, Distinctive Feature Theory, Phonological Processes, and Historical Phonology. We analyze phonological data from diverse languages, formalizing our analyses in a form of rules and considering how to evaluate different approaches.

Pedagogical Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • Effectively use the basic phonological terminology in data description and analysis
  • Describe a phonological variation using the appropriate terminology
  • Identify phonological patterns and propose their analysis
  • Analyze phonological processes and variation within a given framework
  • Evaluate existing proposals for phonological variation
  • Compare phonological analyses for strengths and weaknesses

Course Materials

Hayes, Bruce. 2009. Introductory Phonology. Wiley-Blackwell.

Methods of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation will be provided in the course outline.