LING 621: Topics in Phonology -- Spring 2015

Times and Places

Instructor

Course Goals

Web Pages

Textbooks

The necessary chapters will be in the locker (eventually). Plus other readings to be assigned.

Long Peng, Analyzing Sound Patterns: An Introduction to Phonology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-521-14740-8

Iris Berent, The Phonological Mind, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-521-14970-9

Rene Kager, Optimality Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN: 0-521-58980-0

Also useful (but not required)

Kenneth R. Beesley and Lauri Karttunen, Finite State Morphology, Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2003. ISBN: 1-57586-434-7

Bruce Hayes, 2009, Introductory Phonology, Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 978-1-4051-8411-3.

David Odden, Introducing Phonology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-521-53404-6.

Elizabeth Zsiga, The Sounds of Language, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-4051-9103-6

Grading

There is no final exam for this course.

Expectations

Honor Pledge

The University of Maryland has an Honor Pledge:

Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with disabilities. Students requiring accommodations should meet with me as soon as possible to discuss the situation.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend class. Reasonable accommodations will be made for religious holidays, inclement weather and other excused absences. Students should inform me as soon as possible if they cannot attend class so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Extended Emergencies

In the case of an emergency which closes the University for an extended period of time, the course will be conducted by web and email.

Tentative Schedule

Week of

 

Topics

Notes

January

27

Introduction (MAP)

February

3

Syllables: Basics

Peng 9, 10 (also foma/xfst)

February

10

Syllables: OT

Peng 11, 12 (also Kager 3)

February

17

Syllables: Experiments

Berent 8, Kabak & Idsardi 2007, Take home 1

February

24

Stress: Basics

Peng 17

March

3

Stress: OT

Kager chapter 4, Idsardi 2009

March

10

Stress: Acquisition

Heinz 2009, Dupoux et al 2007, Take home 2

March

17

No class: Spring Break

 

March

24

Project Topics

 

March

31

Why phonology is different

Heinz, Heinz & Idsardi

April

7

General issues

Bakovic, TBA

April

14

TBA

April

21

TBA

April

28

Projects

 

May

5

Presentations

May

12

Presentations

Final paper (due May 14)


Author: William James Idsardi
Email: idsardi AT umd.edu
Last Updated: January 26, 2015