LgMA07 Phonotactics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019

The course is not taught in Autumn 2019

Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Aleš Bičan, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Aleš Bičan, Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Knowledge of phonetics and phonology. It is highly recommend that the students pass some course on phonetics and phonology.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course wants to introduce students to phonotactics as a phonological area which deals with rules of phoneme distribution and combinations and which could therefore be regarded as "phonological syntax". The course will present its basic principles and problems it has to deal with.
Learning outcomes
After passing the course the students will be able
- to understand the principles of phonotactics
- to critically evaluate various analytical methods
- to apply them to concrete problems
- to work up their own phonotactic description of a particular language
  • 1) Phonotactics and its position within phonology
    2) Distributional unit, syllable and other domains of phonotactic description
    3) Phoneme distribution, defective distribution, neutralization
    4) Nuclear phonemes and their identification, phonotactic function
    5) Phoneme combinations and rules limiting them
    6) Syllabification
    7) Application to Czech
    8) Solving particular problems in various languages
    required literature
  • Nový encyklopedický slovník češtiny (hesla: Fonotaktika češtiny, Defektivní distribuce, Slabikování)
    recommended literature
  • BIČAN, Aleš. Phonotactics of Czech. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013. 343 pp. Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes - Volume 81. ISBN 978-3-631-63136-2. info
    not specified
  • Fischer-Jorgensen, Eli. 1952. On the definition of phoneme categories on a distributional basic. Acta Linguistica 7
  • Mulder, J. W. F. 1968. Sets and Relations in Phonology. Oxford.
  • Sigurd, Bengt. 1968. Phonotactic aspect of the linguistic expression. In Malmberg, Bertil (ed.), Manual of Phonetics.
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, homework
Assessment methods
Oral examination, discussion over problems dealt with in the class; homework tasks must be fulfilled
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.

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