LING216-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Phonology and Morphology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


How do languages organize sound systems to create words, and how do they combine small meaningful units to make larger complex words? Students will get hands-on experience discovering patterns in many languages, and will gain an understanding of how these patterns may be shaped by the cognitive properties of speakers and listeners.

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.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Any 15 points at any level from LING.


LING207, LING302

Course Coordinator

Dineke Schokkin


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Learn quizzes 30% Based on lectures and reading x10 (3% each). Released weekly.
Analysis task 30% Based on new data set x2 (15% each). Week 6 and week 11.
Final essay 30 Oct 2020 40%

Textbooks / Resources

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 $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

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

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All LING216 Occurrences

  • LING216-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020
  • LING216-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)