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Phonology 2


Admission requirements

Successfull completion of Phonology 1


In this course important developments in phonological theory are introduced and discussed on the basis of selected articles and book chapters. Topics include Feature Geometry, Markedness, Prosodic Morphology and Optimality Theory.

Course objectives

Students who have successfully completed this course:

  • have acquired knowledge about the basics of phonological theory.

  • understand the basics of theoretical argumentation in phonology and are able to apply this knowledge at a basic level.

  • are able to analyze phonological data using Optimality Theory at a basic level.


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load 140 hours

  • Lectures: 26 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 39 hours

  • Assignment(s): 23 hours

  • Preparation exams: 48 hours

  • Exam(s): 4 hours

Assessment method


Homework assignments. These have to be handed in on time in order to be admitted to the midterm exam.
Take-home midterm exam
Final written exam with short open questions


Midterm: 30%
Final exam: 70%
In order to pass the grade for the final exam has to be 5.5 or higher.


A resit is possible for the final exam.

inspection and feedback

Reviews will be organized on an individual basis within 30 days after publication of the exam results.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Announcements

  • Course syllabus

  • Course material

  • Assignments

  • Midterm exam

Reading list

The full reading list will be made available at the start of the course. It will include:

McCarthy, J. (1988). Feature geometry and dependency, a review. Phonetica 45, 2-4, 84-108.
Kager, R. (1999). Optimality Theory. Cambridge University Press. (selected chapters)
Rice, K. (2007). Markedness in Phonology. in: de Lacy, P (ed). The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology. Cambridge University Press.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website



Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

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Coordinator of Studies