Research seminar: Current trends in phonology I

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

Objectives and competences

The primary goal of this course is to familiarize the students with the most relevant issues of modern phonological theory. Before the start of the intensive seminar the students must study the literature assigned by the instructor on their own, including scientific articles to be discussed during the seminar.

The acquired competences are:
-Ability to critically think about a given linguistic topic and finding theoretically relevant data
-Ability to solve specific theoretical linguistic problems.
Lectures are organized as a weekly or biweekly intensive course.
Lectures are organized as a weekly or biweekly intensive course.


Introduction to phonology


Results of the current linguistic investigations by the worldwide known linguists.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge of current topics and problems in phonology.



• Active participation at the lectures (50%) • final project on the topic connected with the course content (50%). During the intensive course students present their own research on the topic of the seminar. Before the start of the intensive course, students must read and work through the required literature on their own. This literature includes scientific articles that will be discussed during the course.

Lecturer's references

Full professor of Linguistics at the University College London.


  1. Becker, M., Nevins, A., Levine, J. 2012. Asymmetries in Generalizing Alternations to and from Initial Syllables. Language 88(2), 231-268.
  2. Nevins, A. 2012. Haplological Dissimilation at Distinct Stages of Exponence. In Trommer, J. (Ed.). The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence ( pp.84-116). Oxford Oxford University Press.
  3. Becker, M., Ketrez, N., Nevins, A. 2011. The Surfeit of the Stimulus: Analytic Biases Filter Lexical Statistics in Turkish Laryngeal Alternations. Language 87(1), 84-125.
  4. Nevins, A. 2011. Convergent Evidence for Rolling Up Catalan Adjectives. Linguistic Inquiry 42, 339-345.
  5. Nevins, A. 2010. Locality in Vowel Harmony. MIT Press.