- Module Code:
- Module Not Running 2017/2018
- Year of study:
- Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
The objective of this course is twofold. The students should have a better understanding of both phonology and of morphology and should also have gained an understanding of the different properties which characterize Altaic languages.
At the end of the course students should be familiar with different morpho-phonological properties of a range of Altaic languages (mainly Turkish, Kazak, Saxa and Mongolian). From a theoretical view point, they should understand the notions of agglutinative languages, what defines a word-domain in languages with a rich morphological system, vowel harmony and its domain of application, disharmony, syllabic structure, the notion of minimal word and regular and irregular stress.
This course is taught over 10 weeks with 2 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
Following on from what the students have learned in their introductory phonology course, we will look at vowel harmony in depth, considering different analyses which have been proposed. We will also look at disharmonic words and the implication those words have on the claim that Altaic languages have a process of vowel harmony.
Altaic languages having an agglutinative morphological structure, we will look at different ways of identifying the word domain. To do so, the notions of minimal word, analytic and non-analytic morphology, regular stress, the scope of harmony, among many other processes, will be presented.
Method of assessment
One essay of 5,000 words to be submitted on the day 1 of the following term (100%).
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