Term: Fall 2019
LING 232 Phonology I
Why do languages sound distinct from one another? Partly it is because different languages use different sets of sounds (in spoken languages) or signs (in signed languages) from one another. But it is also because those sounds and signs have different distributional patterns in each language. Phonology is the study of the systematic organization and patterning of sounds and signs. Students learn to describe the production of sounds and signs (articulatory phonetics), discuss restrictions on sound and sign distribution (morphemic alternation, phonotactics), and develop a model of the phonological grammar in terms of rules and representations. Throughout the course, we utilize datasets taken from a variety of the world’s languages.
LING 345 The Syllable And Below
This course explores the structure of the syllable in various languages and theories. Students read primary literature on the evidence for and against syllables as a phonological unit, including evidence from stress patterns, phonotactics, sonority, language games, and allomorphy. Students also explore different theories of subsyllabic structure. The course culminates in a final paper, where students are encouraged to apply one or more of the theories discussed in class to original data or research.