Pre-requisite: Phonetics and Phonology
This course introduces the techniques of analyzing phonetic data to discover the phonological system of a language with the goal of eventually producing an adequate orthography (writing system). As such, the course covers the basic steps of phonological analysis. Teaching proceeds through presentations of the theory to the analysis of real data drawn from a number of various languages.
The overall aim of the course is to prepare students to undertake a phonological analysis.
After this course, a student will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of the difference between the concerns of phonetics and phonology.
2. A thorough understanding of the basic principles of phonemics.
3. An ability to apply the various phonemic procedures to phonetic data, and draw conclusions which he or she can defend.
4. A good understanding of phonological processes and of basic phonological rule-writing.
5. An understanding of the basics of Generative Phonology.
6. An ability to apply distinctive features in phonological analysis.
7. Proficiency in using PTEST and/or Dekereke in phonological analysis and report writing.
8. A conviction of the need for careful evaluation of data and conclusions during the process of analysis.
9. A conviction of the necessity for good phonological analysis as a basis to orthography development.
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