Germanic Languages | German Phonetics & Phonology
G548 | 26334 | T. Hall


Phonology is the branch of linguistics devoted to sound structure.
This course is an accelerated introduction to the study of the
phonology of Modern German (supplemented with a brief overview of
phonetics) within recent, mainstream generative theory, with
emphasis on description, analysis and argumentation. Students will
become familiar with some of the central issues in phonological
theory and the relevance of the German data to these issues. We will
discuss several areas of German phonology, including the structure
of affricates, the ach/ich alternation and laryngeal features (i.e.
Final Devoicing).

No background in linguistics is assumed. German is not a prerequisite
for this course. All readings will be in English. Course material
will be in the form of instructor-generated handouts. G548 can be
taken more than once for credit.

The course grade will be based on the following criteria: problem
sets, a squib, a short paper (ca. 10 pages) and class participation.

Required reference work:
Mangold, Max; et al. (2005) Duden Aussprachewörterbuch:  Wörterbuch
der deutschen Standardaussprache. (Duden, Band 6.) 6. Auflage.

Optional textbook (for students with little or no background in
phonology): Hall, T. A. (2000). Phonologie. Eine Einführung. Berlin:
De Gruyter.