Volenec – Formal rule-based phonology

[slides of the class]

The course provides an introduction to phonology from the perspective of formal rule based generative phonology. Explored topics include levels of phonological representation (underlying, intermediate, surface), the organization of phonological derivation, phonemes and allophones, logical procedures that can be used to determine underlying representations from observable data, the definition of rules and natural classes, and the typology of segmental alternations. 


  • Kenstowicz, Michael. 1994. Phonology in Generative Grammar. Chapters 2 and 3. Oxford: Blackwell. pdf 
  • Zsiga, Elizabeth. 2013. The Sounds of Language. An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. Chapters 10, 11, and 13. Oxford: Wiley–Blackwell. pdf