Introduction to phonology

This course is part of the programme
Doctoral study programme Cognitive Science of Language

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.


  • Odden, D. 2005. Introducing Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Catalogue E-version
  • McCarthy, J.J. 2008. Doing Optimality Theory: Applying Theory to Data. Blackwell.
  • Kager, R. 1999. Optimality Theory (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics). Cambridge: CUP Catalogue E-version
  • Hayes, B. 2009. Introductory Phonology, published by Blackwell/Wiley. Catalogue E-version
  • Elizabeth C. Zsiga. 2013. The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-405-19103-6 Catalogue E-version


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

Lecturer's references

Full professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica.


  1. Marušič, Franc. 2023 (in print). Circumfixes. To appear in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Morphology. Edited by Peter Ackema, Sabrina Bendjaballah, Eulàlia Bonet, and Antonio Fábregas.
  2. Franc Marušič, Petra Mišmaš in Rok Žaucer. 2023 (in print). Placement and Ordering of the (En)clitics. To appear in The Cambridge Handbook of Slavic Linguistics, edited by Danko Šipka and Wayles Browne. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. MARUŠIČ, Franc, SHEN, Zheng. Gender agreement with exclusive disjunction in Slovenian. Acta linguistica academica : an international journal of linguistics. 2021, vol. 68, iss. 4, str. 516–535, ilustr. ISSN 2559-8201. DOI: 10.1556/2062.2021.00443.
  4. MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. Coordinate structure constraint : A-/A'- movement vs. clitic movement. Linguistica Brunensia. 2018, vol. 65, iss. 2, str. 69-85, ilustr. ISSN 1803-7410.
  5. WILLER-GOLD, Jana, MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŠULIGOJ, Tina, et al. When linearity prevails over hierarchy in syntax. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. [Online ed.]. 2018, vol. 115, no. 3, str. 495-500, ilustr. ISSN 1091-6490. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1712729115.