Linguistics 4247B
Advanced Phonological Analysis

  • Syllabus -TBD

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the program.


A range of readings are used to examine development of phonological theory over a number of decades, from the early generative linear approaches to more recent non-linear alternatives. The emphasis is on the dynamics which drive change from one model to another, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of different  approaches in accounting for linguistic facts. Students explore a range of datasets from various languages to illustrate phonological processes and cross-linguistic typological patterns.


  1. To introduce students to the concept of phonological representation and multi-modal speech.
  2. To familiarize students with phonological processes and highlight the importance of including phonetic detail for phonological analyses.
  3. To help students develop skills in experimental design and data analysis including acoustic analysis. 
  4. To provide the necessary discussions for students to develop their analytical and critical thinking and identify their area of interest.

Evaluation scheme:

  • Problem sets (best 2 of 3): 20%
  • Critical annotated bibliography: 15%
  • Abstract: 10%
  • Paper Presentation: 15%
  • Final research paper: 30%
  • Participation/preparation: 10%