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Module code:PLING211 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Advanced Phonological Theory A
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr James White
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):3, 4
Module prerequisites:Familiarity with intermediate-level phonological theory (e.g. PLIN2103 and PLIN2104) and general phonetics. Note: students are expected to have a strong understanding of basic formal phonology (including phonological rules, features, underlying forms, alternations, and derivations) before taking this module. 
Module outline:The module is designed to cover core developments in phonological theory at an advanced level.  
Module aims:The module is designed to cover core developments in phonological theory at an advanced level.  
Module objectives:The module begins with a careful review of rules, features, underlying forms, alternations, and derivations, with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of these core concepts. Then, constraints and Optimality Theory (OT) are introduced, with a focus on developing analyses within this framework and being able to work back and forth between rules and constraints. Finally, a number of important topics in phonological theory are covered, including parallel vs. derivational approaches to phonological computation, opacity, issues of multiple application, lexical phonology, syllables, and stress. With each topic, students will consider the strengths and weaknesses of rule-based and constraint-based approaches as well as various representational assumptions. The focus is on (further) developing the skills necessary to (a) create and defend a coherent analysis of language data within a given theoretical framework, (b) critically evaluate different theoretical assumptions, and (c) present a theoretical argument based on the evidence.  
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Module assessment:Coursework (3,000 words) 100.00% 
Notes:available as an option module (numbers permitting); UCL students can register on Portico, intercollegiate students should contact  
Taking this module as an option?:Available as an option module 
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Last updated:2017-08-01 20:01:11 by ucjtcwh