Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:45 PM
This course studies the general speech sounds patterns in natural language and the systematic relationships between the more abstract cognitive patterns and the actual sound produced. Phonology is about comprehensibility and pronounceability, contrast and predictability. What sounds are used in a given language and which should be used to encode different words? In which contexts do different pronunciations (allophones or allomorphs) appear? The course covers traditional generative phonology, as well as earlier and later frameworks. We will learn logical techniques for solving phonological problems and discuss the theories behind the analysis. The study of phonology requires a firm knowledge of speech segments and basic knowledge of morphology. Prerequisite: ENG 623, or permission of the department chairperson.