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LNGS3612: Dynamics of Sound

Language is a dynamic system, under constant pressures and continually evolving. Sounds and sound systems of human languages are incredibly diverse yet at the same time there are identifiable principles or factors that seem to constrain the diversity found in the phonetic and phonological systems of language. This unit examines sound systems in language, from a holistic point of view, looking at phonetic and phonological properties of sounds. Techniques are introduced to help analyse linguistic sound systems in terms of synchronic patterns and also their diachronic development.

Code LNGS3612
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6
(LNGS2601 and LNGS2624) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. an advanced knowledge and appreciation of the diversity and unity of sound systems in human language
  • LO2. an understanding of what constrains the possible variation and change that happens within language and over time
  • LO3. he ability to identify and characterize sound change, and to propose and test hypotheses as to how a phonological system might have formed
  • LO4. advanced knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of Phonetics and Phonology
  • LO5. the ability to reflect critically on different approaches to the study of sound in human language

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