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Module

SEL3006 : Topics in Phonological Theory

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rory Turnbull
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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: Laboratory Phonology, Optimality Theory, the phonetics-phonology interace, intonation and prosody, empirical foundations, computational phonology.

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: Laboratory Phonology, Optimality Theory, the phonetics-phonology interace, intonation and prosody, empirical foundations, computational phonology. A detailed schedule will be provided at the start of the module.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:3013:30Online lecture (asynchronous)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading163:0063:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00inc. 10 hours directed groupwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:3013:30Synchronous tutorials
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1004000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2Mguided discussion
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

Timetable