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Module

SEL2000 : 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 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

A course in intermediate phonology, this module builds on the foundations laid in SEL1027 and SEL1028, introducing theoretical models of phonology. The aim is for students to investigate a number of phonological models, including both derivational and optimality theoretic, in order for them to come to an understanding of how evidence and argumentation are used in phonological theory building.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics:
1. Review of phonetics and phonology
2. Alternations
3. Phonemic analysis
4. Distinctive features
5. Rule interactions
6. Syllables, stress and tone
7. Constraint-based analysis
8. Theory comparison

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Completion of assignments
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials82:0016:00Asynchronous lecture
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00Reading set texts
Guided Independent StudySkills practice130:0030:00Practice problem sets from texts and other online resources
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion81:008:00Online forum discussion and Q&A on key concepts
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery42:008:00Present-in-person on-campus: a mix of group sessions and one-to-one drop-in sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00General reading and revision
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8154Issues in Phonological Theory I
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce students to knowledge outcomes. Weekly seminars develop this knowledge as well as the skills necessary for phonological analysis, and allow the practical application of analytical skills in an interactive environment. Private study is an important part of the programme, requiring close reading of the materials both in advance of lectures and as a follow up to them. Students will be expected to do regular assigments intended to probe and expand the students' understanding of the concepts covered in lectures.

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
Prob solv exercises1M20This will consist of a phonological analysis problem handed in within 48 hours
Essay1A80The assessment will consist of a 2000-word essay + a phonological analysis exercise.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The mid-term exercise will contribute to the students' familiarity with phonological analysis.

The final assessment by essay + analysis problem allows students to explore and grasp the full range of topics investigated in the module, and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their full command of the skills practised in the seminars.

Reading Lists

Timetable