LET-TWM404
Optimality Theory: Stress Typology and Phonology in Action
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-TWM404
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Linguistics;
Lecturer(s)
Examiner
prof. dr. H.M.G.M. Jacobs
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Lecturer
prof. dr. H.M.G.M. Jacobs
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. H.M.G.M. Jacobs
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Academic year2017
Period
PER 3  (05/02/2018 to 08/04/2018)
Starting block
PER 3
Course mode
full-time
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
  • The student is able to evaluate the merits of a parallel versus a serial constraint based Optimality theory on the basis of typological stress argumentation.
  • The student is able to analyze stress systems in the discussed theoretical models. 
Content
This course provides a typological overview of the stress systems in the world's languages against the background of the rule-based metrical theory model of Hayes (1995) and its implementation in Optimality Theory. It will be shown that a constraint-based (Optimality theory) rather than a derivational-based version of metrical theory is required in order to adequately capture the typology, it will be further shown why a particular version of OT implying serial harmony is called for. 
After that, we will confront the constraint-based model to segmental adaptations that lead to non-surface true generalizations, i.e cases of segmental opacity and discuss the merits of OT with serial harmony. 
Assumed previous knowledge
Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least C1 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Recommended materials
To be announced
Will be provided during lectures.

Instructional modes
Lecture

Tests
Written exam
Test weight100
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5