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SEL3006 : Topics in Phonological Theory

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module explores intermediate to advanced phonological theory, focusing on analysis and argumentation in phonology relative to the topic under study. The specific topics covered will vary from year to year, depending on the current research in the field. They may include one or more of the following: Optimality Theory, opacity, multistratal vs. monostratal Optimality Theory, the role of derivational phonology, interfaces between phonology and syntax and between phonology and morphology, issues in prosodic structure.

Outline Of Syllabus

The specific topics covered will vary from year to year, depending on the current research in the field. They may include one or more of the following: Optimality Theory, opacity, multistratal vs. monostratal Optimality Theory, the role of derivational phonology, interfaces between phonology and syntax and between phonology and morphology, issues in prosodic structure. A detailed schedule will be provided at the start of the module.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00inc. 10 hours directed groupwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Directed readings help students come to grips with primary literature in phonological theory. Discussion of readings will be expected. Students will also be expected to lead discussion of papers read by the group as a whole. Private study is an important part of the module, requiring close reading of the material both in advance of seminars and as a follow-up to them. In addition to close reading of the papers assigned to the group as a whole, each student will need to spend time reading and understanding literature specifically relevant to the topic of their assessment essay.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1004000
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Given that the student will be dealing with primary literature, the assessment provides a means for the student to show an understanding of the tools and methods of phonological theorising through either analysing some set of data in a fashion relevant tot he topic at hand, or presenting an informed evaluation of particular positions in the literature.

Reading Lists

Timetable