Fall 2019 - LING 800 G100

Phonology (3)

Class Number: 2596

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.



An overview of contemporary phonological theory and its relation to phonetics, morphology and psycholinguistics.


This course will establish foundations in contemporary phonological theory and analysis for graduate students. Analytical methods in Optimality Theory will be developed in some detail, as well as an assessment of the results of these approaches to grammar. The focus is how phonologists present and analyse evidence for and against phonological domains. By fully participating in the class and completing the principal work of the course, i.e. problem sets, critical reviews and presentations of contemporary and foundational literature and a final project, students will receive training in modern linguistic analysis and critical thinking.


  • Paper presentations 30%
  • Problems 15%
  • Final Project 55%


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 Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



Readings will be posted on Canvas.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html