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Description

24.901 is designed to give you a preliminary understanding of how the sound systems of different languages are structured, how and why they may differ from each other.

The course also aims to provide you with analytical tools in phonology, enough to allow you to sketch the analysis of an entire phonological system by the end of the term. On a non-linguistic level, the course aims to teach you by example the virtues of formulating precise and explicit descriptive statements; and to develop your skills in making and evaluating arguments.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction, course overview, vowels: articulatory description and transcription Unlimited
  • Consonants: articulatory description and transcription; distinctive features Unlimited
  • Phonological versus phonetic representations Unlimited
  • Alternations and derivations I Unlimited
  • Alternations and derivations II Unlimited
  • Constraints Unlimited
  • Phonetics I: acoustics of vowels, using Praat Unlimited
  • Phonetics II: acoustics of consonants Unlimited
  • Phonetics III: suprasegmentals Unlimited
  • Feature geometry Unlimited
  • Sociolinguistic variables Unlimited
  • American English dialects Unlimited
  • Tone I: African languages Unlimited
  • Tone II: Asian languages Unlimited
  • Tone III: intonation and phrasing Unlimited
  • Syllables I: structure and syllabification Unlimited
  • Syllables II: sonority Unlimited
  • Stress I: prominence Unlimited
  • Stress II: rhythm Unlimited
  • Stress III: weight Unlimited
  • Prosodic morphology: reduplication and truncation Unlimited
  • Loanword phonology Unlimited
  • Review Unlimited

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