Spring 2023 - LING 321 B100

Phonology (3)

Class Number: 2666

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2023
    Fri, 11:59–11:59 p.m.

  • 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 taught through 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 phoneme, syllable, morpheme, word, and phrase will be considered in the context of particular phonological theories. Extensive practice with language data will be the focus of the work required in the course. Both examinations and homework 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.

The course will be taught in a hybrid format, with in-person meetings Thursdays 2:30-4:20pm and an additional hour of asynchronous instruction each week. Quizzes and exams will take place in person; homework assignments will be submitted online.


  • Homework Assignments 25%
  • Quizzes 25%
  • Exams 40%
  • Participation 10%


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


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Registrar Notes:


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