Fall 2018 - LING 321 D100

Phonology (3)

Class Number: 4739

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SECB 1011, Burnaby

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SECB 1014, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.



An overview of theoretical principles in phonology.


The foundations of phonological theory will be emphasized in readings and practical work. Data analysis will cover a variety of languages as well as child phonological acquisition. The nature of phonetic and phonological representation, complementation and contrast, and phonological processes will form the overall conceptual focus. The significance of linguistic units such as phone, phoneme, syllable, morpheme, word, and phrase will be considered in the context of particular phonological theories. Prosodic and segmental dimensions of sound patterns will be explored.

Extensive practice with language data will be the focus of the work required in the course. Both examinations and take-home problems will require analytical work and the formulation of results in prose. Students’ work will be assessed on measures of careful and logical analysis and clear written expression. Deadlines will be firm and all work must be completed by the time grades are assessed at the end of the semester.


  • Regular assignments 25%
  • Quizzes 25%
  • Mid-term exam I 20%
  • Mid-term exam II 20%
  • Participation 10%
  • No Final Exam


The following grading scale will be used:

A+  99-100%  
B+  88-89            
C+  77-79  D  59-68  
A    93-98 B    82-87 C    72-76 F  <59
A-  90-92 B-   80-81 C-  69-71  

It is strongly recommended that you see the Student Advisor regarding your degree requirements at least two semesters before you plan to graduate. Unless you meet both faculty and major/minor requirements, your graduation cannot be approved.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.
Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.
Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities (778-782-3112 or csdo@sfu.ca).



Zsiga, Elizabeth. The Sounds of Language. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2013. ISBN: 9781405191036 (paperback version). Also available as an e-book.

Registrar Notes:

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