Introduction to Phonological Representations

Instructor: Sławomir Zdziebko

The course is aimed as an introductory overview of the most important proposals and advances in the understanding of the representational side of phonological theorizing.
Each meeting will be devoted to a different aspects of phonological representations, different ways of formalizing these aspects as well as their empirical consequences.



(1) representation and computation in phonology (Anderson 1985)
(2) the representation of vowels (SPE, Anderson and Ewen 1985, Harris 1994, Backley 2011)
(3) the representation of tone and Autosegmental Phonology (Goldsmith 1976)
(4) the representation of place of articulation in consonants (Sagey 1986, Clements and Hume 1995)
(5) The representation of manner and nasality (SPE, Sagey 1986, Jensen 1994, Ploch 1999, Nasukawa 2005, Poechtrager 2006)
(6) the representation of laryngeal contrasts (Halle and Stevens 1971, Lombardi 1991, Honeybone 2005, Cyran 2014)

suggested reading:

Anderson, John, and Colin Ewen (1987) Principles of Dependency Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Anderson, Stephen (1985) Phonology in the Twentieth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Backley, Philip. (2011) An Introduction to Element Theory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Clements George, Elisabeth Hume (1995) The internal organization of speech sounds. In:
John Goldsmith (ed.) The handbook of phonological theory. Cambridge, MA. and Oxford:
Basil Blackwell; 245-306.
Cyran, E. 2014. Between Phonology and Phonetics. Polish Voicing. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter Mouton.
Goldsmith, John (1976). Autosegmental phonology . Doctoral dissertation, MIT.
Halle, Morris, and Kenneth Stevens (1971). A note on laryngeal features. QPR (101) : 198-213.
Harris, John (1994) English sound structure. Oxford: Blackwell.
Honeybone, Patrick 2005. Diachronic evidence in segmental phonology: the case of laryngeal specifications. In M. van Oostendorp, and J. van de Weijer (eds.), The internal organization of phonological segments, 319-354. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Jensen, Sean (1994) Is P an Element? Towards a Non-segmental Phonology. SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics & Phonetics, 4, 71–78.
Lombardi, Linda (1991). Larynegeal features and laryngeal neutralization . Doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts , Amherst.
Nasukawa, Kuniya (2005) A Unified Approach to Nasality and Voicing. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Ploch, Stefan (1999): Nasals on My Mind. The Phonetic and the Cognitive Approach to the Phonology of Nasality. Ph.D. thesis, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.
Poechtrager, M. 2006. The structure of length. Ph.D. diss., University of Vienna.
Sagey, Elizabeth (1986). The representation of features and relations in nonlinear phonology . Doctoral dissertation, MIT.
SPE = Chomsky, Noam, and Morris Halle (1968) The Sound Pattern of English . New York: Harper and Row .