Fall 2020 - LING 480 D100

Topics in Linguistics I (3)

Phonological Acquisition

Class Number: 8284

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Requirements will vary according to the topic offered.



Investigation of a selected area of linguistic research. This course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different.


Fall 2020 Pre-requisites: LING 321 and 9 upper division LING units.
This course will focus on theoretical, descriptive, experimental, and methodological issues in first and second language phonological acquisition. Findings from the current literature will be examined with the intent of establishing the empirical characteristics of developing systems, evaluating theoretical proposals, refining methodological skills, and identifying potential applications. Students will be introduced to current theoretical models of phonological acquisition, especially Optimality Theory. Analysis of acquisition data will be the focus of the work required in the course. Students’ work will be assessed on measures of careful and logical analysis, the ability to synthesize ideas, and clear written expression.

This course will be delivered remotely. The course will have optional synchronous meetings (Wednesday 2:30-4:30pm), but synchronous attendance is not required. All elements will be completed online in Canvas, Zoom, or BB Collaborate. Access to a computer with an internet connection and sound (speakers or headphones) is required.

Synchronous: Instruction takes place through live online lectures, some materials available on Canvas

This course will have a Reading Break during the week of October 12 (Thanksgiving week).There will be no synchronous (in real time) classes or tutorials, recordings, exams, or assignments due this week.



  • Homework assignments 40%
  • Article debate 10%
  • Article Extension 15%
  • Participation 10%
  • Experiment Proposal 25%
  • No Final Exam


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 Accessible Learning at caladmin@sfu.ca.



Tessier, Anne-Michelle. Phonological Acquisition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.  (paperback version) 
Also available as an e-book.

ISBN: 9780230293779

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).