• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

This course develops practical and theoretical ability in phonological analysis (the analysis of the way sounds are organised in Language). It introduces methods and assumptions of important approaches to phonological analysis: Classical Phonemic Analysis, Generative model (concentrating within this latter paradigm on Autosegmental phonology) and Optimality Theory. The syllabus includes: 'Classical (Structural)' Phonemics; the phonemes of Australian English; Generative Phonology; Constraint-Based Approaches; Features and Feature Geometry; Autosegmental Phonology; The Phonology of Intonation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Depending on how well they satisfy the requirements of the course, students will be able to:

  • Analyse the sound structure of Language using methods and assumptions of contrasting and important approaches to phonological analysis: Classical Phonemics, Generative Phonology and Optimality Theory
  • Understand professional texts on phonological analysis
  • Use their knowledge to describe and do research in languages unfamiliar to them.                    
  • Gain some historical perspective on how developments in modern phonological theory have come about.

Indicative Assessment

Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but may expect more rigorous assessment and additional assignment work, tailored to the student's interests.

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4636 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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