Sounds and Speech

Course Information
TitleΉχοι και Ομιλία / Sounds and Speech
CodeΓλ 536
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016477


Registered students: 12
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
GlōssologíaCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
- To provide increased exposure to empirical data from different languages - To familiarize students with various phonological models and proposals - To enhance analytical skills, crucial to the construction and development of theoretical argumentation, such as pattern-identification, problem solving and formal reasoning
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Building on basic principles in phonetics and phonology (e.g. phoneme vs. allophone, feature theory, basic syllable structure), this course offers an overview of different phonetic and/or phonological phenomena both at the segmental and the supra-segmental levels, as well as theoretical models, including rule- and constraint-based approaches. This year, we focus on suprasegmental phonology and especially on aspects of syllable weight. We will explore various representations of timing and quantity, a host of phonological phenomena and theoretical models, using data from multiple languages. The topics under investigation involve gemination, onset weight, compensatory lengthening, morphological lengthening/shortening, etc.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
- 2 Short Problem-Solving Assignments: 24% - 1 Group Presentation: 16% - 1 Individual Final Paper Presentation: 20% - 1 Final Paper: 40%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY Cairns, C. & E. Raimy (eds.). 2010. Handbook of the Syllable. Leiden: Brill. de Lacy, P. (ed.). 2007. The Cambridge handbook of phonology. Cambridge University Press. Goldsmith, J., J. Riggle & A. Yu (eds). 2011. The handbook of phonological theory, 2nd ed. Wiley. Gussenhoven, C. & H. Jacobs. 2011. Understanding phonology. London: Hodder Education. Hall, T.Α. 2007. Segmental features. In Paul de Lacy (ed.), The Cambridge handbook of phonology, 311–334. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hayes, B., R. Kirchner & D. Steriade (eds.). 2004. Phonetically based phonology. Cambridge University Press. Inkelas, S. 2014. The Interplay of Morphology and Phonology. Oxford Surveys in Syntax and Morphology 8. Oxford University Press. Kager, R. 1999. Optimality Theory. Cambridge University Press. Kager, R. 2007. Feet and metrical stress. In The Cambridge handbook of phonology, P. de Lacy (ed.), pp. 195-227. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Kula, N., B. Botma & K. Nasukawa (eds.). 2011. The Continuum Companion to Phonology. Bloomsbury Publishing. McCarthy, J. & A. Prince. 1993. Generalized alignment. Yearbook of Morphology: 79–153. Odden, D. 2013. Introducing phonology. Second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Oostendorp, M. van., C. Ewen, B. Hume, & K. Rice (eds.) 2011. Blackwell Companion to Phonology. Wiley. Ryan, K. 2016. Phonological weight. Language and Linguistics Compass 10(12). 720–733. doi:10.1111/lnc3.12229. Zec, D. 2007. The syllable. In Paul de Lacy (ed.), The Cambridge handbook of phonology, 161–194. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. SOME MORE SPECIFIC BIBLIOGRAPHY Blumenfeld, L. 2011. Coercion and minimality. Linguistic Review 28(2). 207–240. doi:10.1515/tlir.2011.006. Davis, S. 1999a. On the representation of initial geminates. Phonology 16: 93-104. Davis, S. 1999b. On the Moraic Representation of Underlying Geminates: Evidence from Prosodic Morphology. In H. van der Hulst, R. Kager, and W. Zonneveld (eds.), The Prosody-Morphology Interface, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 39-61 Davis, S. 2003. The controversy over geminates and syllable weight. In Caroline Fery & Ruben van de Vijver (eds.), The Syllable in Optimality Theory, pp. 77-98. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Davis, S. 2011. Geminates. In The Blackwell Companion to Phonology, Marc van Oostendorp, Colin J. Ewen, Elizabeth Hume & Keren Rice (eds). Chapter 37, pp. 873-897. Wiley. Dmitrieva, O. 2012. Gemination Typology and the Perception of Consonant Duration. Ph.D. thesis, University of Stanford. Fitzgerald, C. 2016. Morphology in the Muskogean languages. Language and Linguistics Compass 10(12). 681–700. doi:10.1111/lnc3.12227. Gordon, M. 2005. A Perceptually-Driven Account of Onset-Sensitive Stress. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 23(3). Kluwer Academic Publishers. 595–653. doi:10.1007/s11049-004-8874-9. Gordon, M. 2006. Syllable Weight: Phonetics, Phonology, Typology. Originally 1999 UCLA Ph.D. thesis. London/New York: Routledge. Ham, W. 2001. Phonetic and Phonological Aspects of Geminate Timing. New York/London: Routledge. Hayes, B. 1989. Compensatory lengthening in moraic phonology. Linguistic Inquiry 20: 253-306. Hume, E., J. Muller & A. van Engelenhoven. 1997. Non-moraic geminates in Leti. Phonology 14: 371-402. Kavitskaya, D. 2017. Compensatory Lengthening And Structure Preservation Revisited Yet Again. On looking into words (and beyond): Structures, Relations, Analyses , 41–58. Berlin: Language Science Press. Kawahara, S. 2007. Sonorancy and geminacy. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers 32: 145-186. McCarthy, J.J. & A. Prince. 1999. Faithfulness and identity in prosodic morphology. In R. Kager, H. van der Hulst & W. Zonneveld (eds.), The Prosody-Morphology Interface, pp. 218–309. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Morén, B. 1999. Distinctiveness, Coercion and Sonority: A Unified Theory of Weight. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland. Muller, J. 2001. The Phonology and Phonetics of Word-Initial Geminates. Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University. Prince, A. & P. Smolensky. 1993/2004. Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar. Blackwell [first circulated as Prince & Smolensky (1993) Technical reports of the Rutgers University Center of Cognitive Science]. Ringen, C. & R. Vago. 2011. Geminates: heavy or long? In Charles Cairns & Eric Raimy (eds.), Handbook of the Syllable, pp. 155-169. Leiden: Brill. Ryan, K. 2014. Onsets contribute to syllable weight: Statistical evidence from stress and meter. Language 90(2): 309–341. Ryan, K. to appear. Prosodic weight: categories and continua. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Topintzi, N. 2010. Onsets: Suprasegmental and Prosodic Behaviour. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Topintzi, N. & S. Davis. 2017. On the Weight of Edge Geminates. In Haruo Kubozono (ed.), Phonetics and Phonology of Geminate Consonants, 260–282. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Topintzi, N. & A. Nevins. 2017. Moraic onsets in Arrernte. Phonology 34(3): 615–650. doi:10.1017 /S0952675717000306. Topintzi, N. & E. Zimmermann. Submitted. Containment as the key to the “heavy-vs-long” geminate debate. Linguistic Inquiry. Tranel, B. 1991. CVC light syllables, geminates, and moraic theory. Phonology 8: 291-302.
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