LING 513 - Phonology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 313.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers an introduction to the theory of phonology. The content and course design are oriented toward graduate and advanced undergraduate students in linguistics, though other interested participants are very welcome. The course has two goals, which will be pursued in roughly the following order of logical (not chronological) priority: • to acquaint you with the major issues in contemporary phonological theory, and to begin preparing you to conduct research on your own and read articles critically. • to give you instruction and practice in organizing and analyzing phonological data. Rather than a backward-looking, historical orientation, I will attempt to devise a course that is more forward-looking. Precedents in earlier work will not be ignored, of course, but they will not be allowed to determine the overall direction taken either. Our primary focus will be on important theoretical and practical questions in phonological theory. For the most part, we will talk about these in terms of constraint-based theories of language, such as Optimality Theory and Harmonic Grammar. However, this course is not intended as an argument for constraint-based approaches and against other theories. We will rather use constraint-based theories to give us a formal framework and vocabulary with which to talk about a range of theoretical and empirical issues. The grade for the course will be based on frequent written homework assignments, as well as on a final research paper. LING 313 or permission of the instructor is required to take this course.

LING 513 - Phonology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521589802
Optimality theory, Author: Rene Kager, Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press 1. publ. 1999
ISBN: 1405151366
Using optimality theory : applying theory to data, Author: John J. McCarthy., Publisher: Blackwell 2008
ISBN: 052179644X
A thematic guide to optimality theory, Author: John J. McCarthy., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press 1. publ. 2002
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