Linguistics 523: Phonological Theory I
UNC-Chapel Hill Linguistics
Spring 2021
Elliott Moreton

2021 May 13 (Th)

Squib due, 12 noon

Final exam, 4--7 p.m.

2021 May 6 (Th)

Final exam becomes available on Sakai > Assignments

2021 May 5 (W)

Squib presentations (JH, LD, XH, MLV, YB)

2021 May 3 (M)

Squib presentations (MT, SF, SG, BC, DE)

2021 April 28 (W)

Topics: Wrap-up

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2021 April 26 (M)

Topics: Rules vs. constraints; channel bias vs. inductive bias

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2021 April 21 (W)

Topics: Phonological learning II: Emergence of the unmarked

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Assignment for 4/26 (M):

2021 April 19 (M)

Topics: Phonological learning I: The initial state.

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Assignment for Wednesday, April 21: Finish reading Gnanadesikan 2004.

2021 April 14 (W)

Topics: Positional privilege, Positional Markedness, and Positional Faithfulness.

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Assignment for 4/19 (M):

2021 April 12 (M)

Topics: Evidence for markedness constraints.

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Assignment for 4/14 W: Read Zoll 2004 on positional markedness (Sakai).

2021 April 7 (W)

Topics: Factorial typology. Squibs.

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Assignment for 4/12 (M): Read Pater (2004) "*NC" (Sakai).

Announcement: Squib meetings will be held at my office hours Zoom link (it's in the syllabus).

2021 March 31 (W)

Topics: Allophony, contrast, and factorial typology.

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Assignments for 4/7 (W):

2021 March 26 (M)

Topics: Factorial typology.

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2021 March 24 (W)

Topics: Universality of constraints. Alignment.

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Assignment for 3/29 M: (Half-) HW 5, factorial typology of syllabification and syllable types.

2021 March 22 (M)

Topics: Candidates and rankings

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2021 March 17 (W)

Topics: OT basics -- overview

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Assignment for Monday, March 22:

2021 March 15 (M)

Topics: Candidates and constraints

Topics: Targets and candidates, illustrated with syllabification.

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Assignment for 3/22 (M): Assignment 5, Diola Fogny

2021 March 10 (W)

Topics: MIDTERM.

2021 March 8 (M)

Topics: Syllables, syllabification, and syllable-sensitive phonological rules.

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2021 March 3 (W)

Topics: Autosegmental representations

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2021 March 1 (M)

Topics: Rule ordering.

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Preview: The take-home midterm will become available at the end of class on 3/3 W, and is due at the end of class on 3/10 W.

2021 February 24 (W)

Topics:Building rule-based models. Rule ordering.

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2021 February 22 (M)

Topics: Feature classes and natural classes.

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2021 February 17 (W)

Topics: Applying feature theory to data, and vice versa.

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Assignment for 2/22 M: HW 3, testing class predictions

2021 February 10 (W)

Topics: Place features. Unary vs. binary. Dependent features.

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2021 Feb. 8 (M)

Topics: Distinctive-feature theory.

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Assignment for 2/10 W:

2021 Feb. 3 (W)

Topics: Discovering natural classes. Practice for Assignment 2.

Assignment for 2/10 M:

2021 Jan. 27 (W)

Topics: Deciding between competing models. Phonological distributions.

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Assignment for 2/3 (W): HW 2, Totonac (Sakai, Assignments)

2021 Jan. 25 (M)

Topics: Motivating phonology. Predictable vs. unpredictable information.

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2021 Jan. 20 (W)

Topics: Course organization. What is phonology?

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