Introduction to phonology

This course is part of the programme
Cognitive science of language Third Level

Objectives and competences

The course provides a detailed overview of the linguistic theory in the domain of phonology. The course is meant as a continuation of the phonology students took during their MA programs and serves to establish a necessary level of knowledge in phonological theory.
• Ability to do independent research in phonological theory
• Ability to identify interesting and theoretically significant problems in syntax


A completed course at the level of the course “Introduction to Phonology” at the II. Degree Linguistics program at UNG.


The students will learn the fundamentals of phonology, including different theories and approaches to phonological phenomena.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge of fundamentals of the phonological theory.


• Kaye, J.D., Lowenstamm, J. and J. R. Vergnaud. 1985. “The internal of structure of phonological elements: a theory of charm and government,” Phonology Yearbook 2:305 328.
• Kaye, J.D., Lowenstamm, J. and J. R. Vergnaud. 1990. “Constituent structure and government in phonology”, Phonology 7.2:193-231.
• Odden, D. 2005. Introducing Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• McCarthy, J.J. 2008. Doing Optimality Theory: Applying Theory to Data. Blackwell.
• Kager, R. 1999. Optimality Theory (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics). Cambridge: CUP
• Hayes, B. 2009. Introductory Phonology, published by Blackwell/Wiley.


Homework assignments and final term paper. (50/50)

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica.


  1. ALMOAMMER, Alhanouf, SULLIVAN, Jessica, DONLAN, Chris, MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, O'DONNELL, Timothy, BARNER, David. 2013. Grammatical morphology as a source of early number word meanings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, vol. 110, no. 46, str. 18448-18453.
  2. MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2013. A note on sluicing and island repair. V: FRANKS, Steven (ur.). Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics : the Third Indiana Meeting 2012, (Michigan Slavic Materials, vol. 59). Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, str. 176-189.
  3. MARUŠIČ, Franc, NEVINS, Andrew. 2010. Two types of neuter : closest-conjunct agreement in the presence of '5 and ups'. V: BROWNE, Wayles (ur.). Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics, The Second Cornell Meeting 2009, (Michigan Slavic Materials, vol. 56). Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, str. 301-317.
  4. MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2010. Clitic doubling in a determinerless language with second position clitics. V: ZYBATOW, Gerhild (ur.). Formal studies in slavic linguistics : proceedings of Formal Description of Slavic Languages 7.5, (Linguistik international, ISSN 1436-6150, Bd. 25). Frankfurt am Main: P. Lang, str. 101-115.
  5. MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2014. A definite article in the AP : evidence from colloquial Slovenian. V: SCHÜRCKS, Lilia (ur.). The nominal structure in Slavic and beyond, (Studies in generative grammar, ISSN 0167-4331, 116). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, str. 183-208.