LING20020 Phonology 2

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module examines the sound patterns in words and phrases. It is concerned with, for example, the distribution of sounds in individual languages, the sound combinations allowed and the 'repair' strategies adopted to deal with disallowed sound combinations, the possible syllables and the role syllables play in different langauges. The aim is a characterisation of possible sound patterns and structures cross-linguistically, which is an important part of the more general objective of constructing a theory of the phonology of language. Students are also introduced to the acoustic analysis of speech and complete a project examing an aspect of their own speech.This module forms part of the BA programme for Linguistics.

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Learning Outcomes:

After completing this module students should be able to:
-classify natural classes of sounds
-identify and describe the patterning of these classes in languages
-represent this patterning using formal tools
-make predictions on the basis of patterns evident in phonological data
-construct models to illustrate phonological knowledge
-represent the relationship with other domains of language
-perform an acoustic analysis of recorded speech

Indicative Module Content:

Contrast - Sound inventories, Motivating and describing natural classes
Acoustic Phonetics - Introduction to acoustic phonetics and speech analysis
Patterns, Constraints - Distribution of sounds, Phonotactics, Positional Constraints
Patterns, Alternations - Data analysis

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Large group lectures, small group tutorials;
Enquiry & problem-based learning; Reflective learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online quiz Week 4 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Data analysis Week 10 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: Speech analysis Week 7 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online quiz Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
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Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

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