LING30080 Phonology 3

Academic Year 2020/2021

In the first part of this module students review the principles of acoustic phonetics and the instrumental analysis of speech. They complete an analysis of recorded speech focusing on specific variables. The second part of the module focuses on segmental and prosodic phonology. It examines the mechanisms required to capture the nature of lexical representations and phonological patterning, and explores the universality of phonological structures and typological variation across languages. The module provides a critical evaluation of existing theories on the basis of empirical evidence and the formal mechanisms they implement. This module forms part of the BA programme for Linguistics.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
-Analyse transcribed speech and represent phonological patterning using formal tools
-Analyse and interpret acoustic speech signals
-Construct models to illustrate phonological knowledge
-Evaluate competing formal representations and identify the implications of contrasting approaches

Indicative Module Content:

Phonetic variation: analysis of variation within varieties of one language
Phonological variation: phonological structure/representations, including segmental representations, sonority, syllable structure, metrical structure
Acquisition of phonology

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures will be online this trimester. Lecture material will be made available on Brightspace. A further time slot will be provided for online discussion and virtual meetings.

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


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


Assignment: Data analysis Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Data analysis Week 3 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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

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Name Role
Mrs Eva Kilar-Magdziarz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer