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Advanced Phonology - LAN00096M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Sam Hellmuth
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

You will build on knowledge and skills in phonological analysis, gained in prior study, to deepen your understanding of a range of phonological phenomena and analytical frameworks.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • develop your awareness of the core phenomena which phonological theory must account for

  • develop your awareness of different theoretical approaches to the analysis of these core phenomena, and your ability to evaluate competing analyses

  • equip you with skills in data analysis methods which can be used to provide empirically based evaluation of theoretical claims and hypotheses in phonology

Module learning outcomes

Subject content:

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • find and/or collect data for use as input to phonological analysis
  • establish phonological generalisations based on different types of data
  • develop an explanatory account of the phonological generalisation(s) in a set of data
  • evaluate competing explanatory accounts of phonological generalisations

Academic and graduate skills:

In addition to acquiring subject-specific skills and knowledge, students who finish this module will also be able to:

  • argue more convincingly for their position in debates using empirical data
  • present themselves better in writing and speech
  • critically evaluate research papers based both on their logical structure and empirical grounding

Module content

There is a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar in each teaching week.

Indicative topics covered include:

  • Phonological primitives

  • Rule-based Phonology

  • Autosegmental Phonology

  • Constraint-based Phonology

  • Syllables

  • Stress

  • Tone and Intonation

  • The Phonetics–Phonology Interface

  • Research design in Phonology


Task Length % of module mark
Advanced Phonology Comparative Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Advanced Phonology Comparative Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

van Oostendorp, Marc, et al., eds. The Blackwell Companion to Phonology. Volumes 1-3. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

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