In each case, read at least some of the *'ed paper(s) and pick one of the essays to write, where there is more than one option. Titles in red are reprinted in J. A. Goldsmith (ed.) (1999) Phonological Theory: The Essential Readings, and are referred to by chapter thus: [G12] is chapter 12.

Phonology topic 1: Segmentation

Essay Question: "To what extent is it reasonable to regard speech as consisting of a sequence of discrete segments?"



A recent contribution

Phonology topic 2: Classification

Essay Question: Compare and constrast the approaches to the classification of EITHER vowels OR consonants in the IPA vs. generative phonology.


Phonology topic 3: Cyclicity

Overview Critics Essay question: Critically appraise the hypothesis that some phonological rules apply cyclically.

Phonology topic 4: Lexical phonology and morphology

Starting points Development Application to English Essay questions
  1. According to Halle and Mohanan (1985), how are the phonological rules of English ordered? On what evidence?
  2. What good is the theory of Lexical Phonology?
  3. Are morphological and metrical structures sufficient to account for the phonology of words?
Phonology topic 5: Metrical phonology of English
Foundations Development Essay title: How is English lexical stress determined, according to  the theory of Metrical Phonology?

Phonology topic 6: Syllables and moras

Foundations Development
English Essay titles:

Phonology 7: Psycholinguistic evidence for syllable structure

Essay question: Who is right, Pierrehumbert and Nair or Treiman and Kessler?

Phonology 8: Autosegmental Phonology and Morphology

Phonology 9: Constraint-based approaches to phonology
Background Developments

Phonetics/phonology topic 1: Gemination

Foundations Developments Essay title: How can the view of gemination expressed by Schein and Steriade and Lahiri and Hankamer be reconciled with Local and Simpson's data?

Phonetics/phonology topic 2: Secondary articulation and coarticulation

Foundations Models Seeking the limits of coarticulation
Phonetics/phonology topic 3: Theoretical views on perceptual representations
Essay title: Summarise and critically appraise any TWO theories of speech perception.

Phonetics/phonology topic 4: The phonetics-phonology interface

Foundations Development Essay question: Assuming that Trubetzkoy is right (see Coleman p. 21), what specific mechanisms seem to be necessary to relate phonological representations to phonetic representations?

Phonetics/phonology topic 5: Phonetics and phonology in the mental lexicon

Essay question: In what form are words represented in the mental lexicon?