Patterning of sounds and gestures in human languages; analysis in generative phonological framework. Prerequisite: LING 550. Offered: WSpS.
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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