SEL8205 : Issues in Phonological Theory II (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


o To engage the student with advanced concepts and topics of current interest in phonological theory
o To enable the student to approach the primary literature confidently and critically
o To explore the data and theoretical implications relative to the issues covered
o To develop critical thinking skills through the examination of different explanatory approaches to problems in phonological modelling, particularly with reference to the student’s native language (often other than English)

Outline Of Syllabus

Weeks 1-4: Introduction to and review of phonological relations, structures and frameworks relevant to the topic
Weeks 5-10: Detailed study of the specific issues
Weeks 11-12: Preparation of student assignment and revision.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1167:00167:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00N/A
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 lead discussion of published papers as well as present data from their own research for discussion in the tutorials. 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1004000 words
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 to the topic at hand, or presenting an informed evaluation of particular positions in the literature.

Reading Lists