Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007228

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 1
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students should: - have acquired a general background in phonology covering a number of phenomena - be familiar with several key phonological concepts - be able to identify how phonology has progressed in the years, e.g. from linear to autosegmental rules, from rules to OT - have been exposed to data from numerous languages so as to get an idea of the diversity of phenomena across languages - have learnt how to think phonologically - have developed their problem solving skills
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the basic concepts and principles of phonological analysis. The first part of the course will cover basic issues in phonology such as variation, distribution and systems of contrast. The theory of distinctive features will follow and topics such as natural classes and the form and function of phonological rules will be discussed. The second part of the course will focus on the standard model of generative phonology. We will examine important theoretical issues such as the levels of representation, the ordering of phonological rules, redundancy and simplicity. The final part of the course will present basic theoretical issues in some contemporary approaches including the metrical and autosegmental frameworks as well as Optimality Theory. Examples and data will be presented from a variety of languages, while English and Greek will also be discussed. Numerous exercises will be given to the students with the aim to reinforce the basic concepts and principles of phonological analysis introduced in the lectures.
distribution, rules and constraints, phonological processes, vowel harmony, syllable, syllable weight, stress
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Phonological problem sets
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment200.8
Written assigments100.4
Student Assessment
Final exam consisting of theoretical and practical questions with emphasis on the phonological analysis of data. Systematic participation is crucial, so that students acquire the skills (theoretical tools, process and procedure in phonological analysis) to succesfully pass the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Ewen, C.J. and H. van der Hulst (2001) The phonological structure of words: An introduction. Cambridge University Press Gussenhoven, C. and H. Jacobs (2017) Understanding Phonology. 4th edition. London: Arnold Gussmann, E. (2002) Phonology. Cambridge University Press Hayes, B. (1995). Metrical Stress Theory. Chicago University Press Kager, R. (1999) Optimality Theory. Cambridge University Press Kennedy, R. (2016). Phonology: A Coursebook. Cambridge University Press Kenstowicz, M. (1994) Phonology in Generative Grammar. Oxford: Blackwell Ladefoged, P. (1975) A Course in Phonetics. 4th edition 2001, New York: Harcourt Odden, D. (2013) Introducing Phonology. 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press Peng, L. (2013) Analyzing Sound Patterns. Cambridge University Press Roca, I. & W. Johnson (1999). Course in phonology. Oxford: Blackwell. Zsiga, E. (2013). The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
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