English and drama
Module code: Q3163
15 credits in autumn semester
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:
- 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.