SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Current Issues in Phonology

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Term 2

This course will be devoted to the study of principle-based phonological theories. Emphasis will be given to the most recent developments in this area. Topics will include: constituent structure, principles and parameters of phonological theory, theories of segmental representation, etc. 


Intermediate Phonology

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • The ability to understand and critically assess the quality of recent theoretical proposals found in the literature.
  • The ability to apply phonological analysis to original data.


Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

The course is assessed by two 2,500-word essays. The first essay is due the week following reading week. The second essay is due week 1, term 3.

Suggested reading

The reading list will be provided in the syllabus of the course.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules