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Phonology I


Admission requirements

Not applicable.
First year’ students BA Linguistics will be enrolled in the tutorials of this course by the Education Administration Office. Other students should first contact the coordinator of studies, Else van Dijk. Self-enrollment is not possible for this course.


This courses introduces the linguistic subfield of Phonology. Phonology deals with the knowledge and representations of the sound structure of language. The sound structure involves phonemes, features, syllables, stress and tone. These basic concepts will be introduced, using Bruce Hayes' book Introductory Phonology. The techniques of a phonological analysis will be explained and practised in small workgroups.

Course objectives

Upon sucessful completion of the course, students are able to demonstrate elementary knowledge of:

  • features and their role in phonological processes and sound inventories

  • syllable structure

  • stress systems

  • tone

They are also able to, at an elementary level:

  • analyze phonological alternations

  • syllabify sound sequences

  • analyze stress systems


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 140 hours

  • Lectures: 26 hours

  • Preparation tutorials: 38 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 26 hours

  • Preparation exam: 48 hours

  • Exam(s): 4 hours

Assessment method


midterm: written exam with short open questions
final: written exam with short open questions and essay questions


midterm exam: 30%
final exam: 70%
the final exam should be 5.5 or higher


There is a resit for the final exam

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • announcements

  • course syllabus

  • course material

  • homework

Reading list

Bruce Hayes (2008): Introductory Phonology. Wiley-Blackwell


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website


For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher: Claartje Levelt

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mailaddress Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk