Class Syllabus

English 443/543: Phonology (3 credits)

Fall 2017 TuTh 12:00-1:15 Avery 102

Dr. Lynn Gordon

office: Avery 347 telephone: (509) 335-2117/332-2591 e-mail:

office hours: TTh 4:10-5:00 and by appointment

Learning Objectives

By the end of the semester, English 443 and 543 students will be able to

    • recognize and transcribe a wide range of language sounds,

    • learn techniques for analyzing moderately complex regularities in sound systems within particular languages,

    • identify different kinds of phonological processes,

    • make arguments in favor of particular analyses, and

    • recognize a range of natural variation and distribution of speech sounds in human languages.

In addition, English 543 students will be able to

  • analyze more complex and more systematically interactive phonological problems, and

  • argue for these more complex analyses.


Required: Introducing Phonology, 2nd ed. (2013). David Odden

Recommended: Phonetic Symbol Guide, 2nd ed. (1996) Geoffrey K. Pullum and William A. Ladusaw

Tentative Schedule

(Subject to instant revision)

  • Weeks 1-3: Introduction to phonology and to acoustic and articulatory phonetics: Chapter 1

  • Weeks 3-5: Allophonic processes and rules: Chapter 2

  • Weeks 6-7: Introduction to classes of sounds, features, formulation of rules: Chapter 3

  • Weeks 8-9: Levels of representation: underlying forms, surface forms: Chapter 4

  • Weeks 10-11: Interacting processes, rule outputs and rule ordering: Chapter 5

  • Weeks 12-14: Phonological sketches: Chapter 6

    • Week 15: Review

HomeworkThere will be regular homework assignments, graded credit/no credit. There will typically be a class session between when the homework is assigned and when it is due, so that you have the opportunity to ask questions before the homework is due. Talk about your homework and anything else in the class with each other and me; however, each of you should write up your homework separately. No homework will be accepted late (unless there is a disaster which calls you out of school; colds, the press of other classes, or the general difficulties of life are not disasters)--even if you feel your attempt is unsatisfactory, turn it in by the deadline.

Assignments and deadlines will appear in the class calendar at

Quizzes In place of a midterm exam, there will be short quizzes every week or two. The quizzes will consist of problems similar to those we discuss in class and those on the homework assignments. No individual quiz is worth much; however all together they will form about a third of your course grade.

Quizzes will be added to the calendar at least two days before they are given.

Extended Analysis English 543 students will also be expected to produce an analysis of a data set that is longer than the usual problem set. The analysis will require the formulation and ordering of rules and arguing for particular analyses. The extended analysis will be due at the same time as the take-home final exam (by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 13 December).

Final Exam The cumulative final exam will be take-home due by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 13 December.

University Announcements

Disability Policy Reasonable accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities or chronic medical conditions. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Access Center website to follow published procedures to request accommodations: Students may also either call or visit the Access Center in person to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor.

Location: Washington Building 217

Phone: 509-335-3417


All disability related accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. Students with approved accommodations are strongly encouraged to visit with instructors early in the semester during office hours to discuss logistics.

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Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating: If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, you should ask course instructor before proceeding.

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