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L20A Phonology: 2006/07 Semester I

Course objectives:

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify and describe basic articulatory and acoustic properties of speech sounds
  • develop the fundamental skills needed to analyze phonological data from any language
  • identify and describe suprasegmental features found in languages
  • recognize and describe phonological processes using distinctive features
  • understand and apply formal rules which seek to account for various phonological systems


Evaluation is by 100% in-course assessment only. It takes the form of:
a. Three (3) in-course tests (25% each) = 75%
b. One (1) project report = 25%
Total = 100%

Attendance & Decorum:

a. Students are expected to attend every class and tutorial session
b. Students should be prepared to participate actively during meetings
c. It is students responsibility to acquire lecture notes and assignments when a class or tutorial is missed
d. All communication devices (beepers, cell phones) must be turned off during meetings
e. Food and/or drinks are not allowed in class
f. The lecturer reserves the right (by university regulations) to ask disruptive students to leave the classroom or tutorial session
g. Late submission of assignment/project reports will only be accepted with certified medical evidence from the U.W.I. Mona Health Centre


a. 2-hour lecture per week
b. 1 hour tutorial session per week
c. you are expected to put in at least three (3) hours of practice on your own per week


Your project will focus on a formal phonological analysis of a given data set from any one language. You will be required to present your analysis using formal rule notations and distinctive features learned in class.

The aim of this project is expose you to the reasoning behind solving phonological problems. It is expected that at end of the exercise would have gained a better understanding of the logic behind problem solving and issues involving phonological representations in language.

There is a 1,000 word limit written report of the results of the analysis. In writing your project report, you are to observe the guidelines for writing linguistics essays in the Department’s Handbook (2006/07).

Your report will not be graded if you fail to observe the guidelines.

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