English and drama

Phonology

Module code: Q3163
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Take away paper

You study current phonological theory, covering both theories of phonological representations, such as:

  • distinctive features
  • autosegmental phonology
  • feature geometry
  • syllables and other prosodic phenomena like stress and tone.  

You also look at theories of phonological operations including:

  • rules
  • ordered derivations
  • lexical strata and cyclic derivations
  • constraints and constraint interaction
  • Optimality Theory.

The module is data-oriented, and phonological generalisations will emerge through the analysis of data sets.

You look at data from varieties of English as well as from a range of typologically different languages, shedding light on how English relates to other languages typologically, and what the parameters and limits of phonological variation are.

Module learning outcomes

  • Display good knowledge of recent developments in phonological theory.
  • Analyse phonological data in a range of different theoretical frameworks.
  • Have an understanding of how English phonology relates typologically to other systems.
  • Demonstrate a critical approach to theory construction, knowing what counts as evidence in theory construction.