• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the sound structures of human languages
  2. Understand how people use phonological systems in languages to communicate
  3. Use a range of methods of phonological analysis to describe important variation in sound systems.
  4. Carry out in-depth analysis and research on the sound systems of a language.
  5. Gain a historical perspective on how developments in modern phonological theory have come about, and the popular beliefs and arguments concerning sound systems of languages.

Indicative Assessment

3 phonological analysis assignments, 500 words each (15% each for a total of 45%)  [LOs 1-3, 5]
Research assignment, 3500 words (35%) [LO 1, 4, 5]
Test, 1 hour (held in class) (20%) [LO 1-3, 5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with LING2019 and LING3119.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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