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SEL8338 : Phonology in Second Language Acquisition (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Martha Young-Scholten
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


There is now considerable research on the acquisition of a second phonology, but rather than focus solely on L2 phonology, this module offers a means of navigation both through as well as around the edges of this large body of work.
The module is divided into two relatively discrete sub-modules. One of these considers the acquisition of a second phonology and then further looks at proposed influences on acquisition. The other sub-module looks at the ways in which phonology might explain variation in L2 learners’ production in the domain of morpho-syntax.

Outline Of Syllabus

The acquisition of a second phonology
a. Perception and production at the segmental and suprasegmental levels
b. Influences on L2 phonological development
i. Orthographic influence
ii. Input
iii. Age
Morphosyntactic development
a. Missing surface inflection and prosodic constraints
b. The nature of phonology and the morphology-syntax interface
c. Metalinguistic/phonological awareness and morophosyntactic development

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion541:0054:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading701:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching361:0036:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A752,500 words
Poster2A25Poster, presented synchronously either in person or online.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship


Reading Lists