LING 211(F) Phonology

Phonology is the study of patterns of sounds within and across languages. The course begins with an analysis of the internal structure of sounds, leading to the development of a formalism for representing sounds. From there, we will develop formal rules to explain various types of systematic regularity in languages. As we explore the nature of these rules, what they must look like and how they interact with each other, we will revise the formalisms developed in class. Topics to be covered include distinctive feature theory, rule ordering, opacity, morphology, autosegmental phonology, and current trends in phonological theory. Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: participation in discussions, weekly homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Prerequisites: Linguistics 101 or Linguistics 111. No enrollment limit (expected: 10).