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Emily Curtis
LING 451
Seattle Campus

Phonology I

Patterning of ounds and gestures in human languages; analysis in generative phonological framework. Prerequisite: LING 450.

Class description

This class is an introduction to phonology, abstract properties of sounds (and signs) in the world’s languages. The topics covered in this class include neutralization rules, morpheme alternations, underlying forms, and syllable structure. The emphasis is on learning how to solve and write up phonological problems. The theoretical framework for this class is classical (rule-based) generative phonology.

This class is also an introduction to writing in linguistics, including the structuring of a research paper, selection and presentation of data, and citation/reference format. W credit will be awarded to students who pass the class with a 2.0 or better grade. Prerequisites: LING 450 or equivalent, passed with 2.0 or better grade. Students should be familiar with phonetic transcription, phonetic description, phonological rules (allophony, complementary distribution, underlying representations) and distinctive features.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Emily Curtis
Date: 03/28/2010