LING216-12S2 (C) Semester Two 2012

Phonology and Morphology

15 points
09 Jul 2012 - 11 Nov 2012


In the phonology section, students will learn about how phonetic contrasts can be used to distinguish words. Languages differ from one another in what phonetic contrasts they use for this purpose, and students will be invited to solve problems from a variety of languages illustrating these differences in behaviour. The 'phoneme' concept, introduced in LING101, will be applied to new data. But, while languages differ phonologically, there are also strong tendencies that apply in most if not all languages. Students will be shown how phonological theory aims to account for these tendencies. In the morphology section, students will be introduced to linguistic morphology and word formation - the study of the internal structure of words and building on work in LING101.

In this course, you will learn about the structure underlying the words and sounds used in human language. It will be seen that these systems can differ from language to language in interesting and systematic ways. At the same time, languages also share many common properties regarding, for example, how sounds are sequenced in words. You will get hands-on experience discovering patterns in language, and come away with a greater understanding of the internal organization of linguistic systems.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will acquire skills in problem solving, argumentation, written expression and morphological and phonological analysis. By the end of the course you should be able to identify certain morphological and phonological patterns and some of the influencing factors.


LING101 or LING111 or ENGL123 or ENGL112


LING207, LING302

Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Monday 10:00am-11:00am Law 528B 9 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Tuesday 12:00pm-2:00pm A9 Lecture Theatre 9 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator

Beth Hume


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Take-home problem set 1 20%
Take-home problem set 2 30%
Take-home problem set 3 50%


Recommended Reading

Hayes, Bruce; Introductory phonology; Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Course links

Library portal
The course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $619.00

International fee $2,688.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Languages and Cultures.

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