Topics in phonological development

Aims

Aims

This module aims:

  • to provide students with an overview of the early stages of construction of a phonological system by the individual child;
  • to provide knowledge of the relationship of early phonological advances to later grammatical development;
  • to provide understanding of the role of familiarity and variability in the formation of phonological representations;
  • to provide a framework for understanding phonological representation in bilinguals.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Satisfactory completion of the Autumn term assessments for Phonological development or Directed readings in phonological development or equivalent.

Programme

Programme

Contact hours

The work will be divided between weekly, 2-hour seminars and independent study.

Teaching programme

The module will include readings from current literature on phonological development in monolinguals and bilinguals.

By the end of this module you will:

  • become familiar with the word forms of children acquiring different languages and the challenges that they have posed to phonological theory
  • gain experience with analysis of child data

Teaching materials

A selection of journal articles and book chapters will be assigned.

Assessment

Assessment

 Formative work

  • two pieces

Assessment

  • 5,000 word essay

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