This course is part of the programme
Master's Degree Programme Humanities Studies

Objectives and competences

The main purpose is to give more knowledge in phonology. The scope of the class shifts from the interaction of phonetics and phonology (as is the case with Phonology I) to the interaction of phonology and morphology. Specific phonological theories are discussed (mainly Optimality Theory).


In order to successfully participate in in-class discussions and to follow the lectures, the student should take the introductory linguistic courses, in particular Phonetics/phonology. This course is related to other courses in the Language curriculum.


Experimental phonology, its relation to phonetics, its methods, scope and basic concepts. The major part of this course consists of discussion of Optimality Theory in particular of its main properties, its main ramifications (Prosodic morphology, Alignment, Comparative markedness, etc.), and its applications (various models for L1 and L2 acquisition).
Material discussed in lectures also forms the main part of recitations, where more time and care is devoted to the main issues. Emphasis is given to practical knowledge and actual analysis of language data.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge about main theories of interaction of phonology and morphology
knowledge about various types of phonological and morphological processes that shape the words
conducting a morphophonological analysis


  • John McCarthy, A Thematic Guide to Optimality Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Catalogue E-version
  • René Kager, Optimality Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. E-version
  • Alan Prince and Paul Smolensky. Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar. Ms. Rutgers University. [ROA 537-0802] Catalogue
  • John McCarthy and Alan Prince. Prosodic Morphology: Constraint Interaction and Satisfaction. Ms. UMass and Rutgers. [ROA: 482-1201] E-version


The students need to submit a term paper to be able to attend the exam. 50 %
Exam. 50 %

Lecturer's references

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rok Žaucer is a lecturer in Linguistics at the School of Humanities and the School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Nova Gorica. His main research areas are morphology and syntax, mainly on data from Slovene, but he also occasionally focuses on the interface between language and other cognitive abilities, sociolinguistics and language counselling. At the University of Nova Gorica, he has also taught related subjects for several years, in the Slovenian Language III - Linguistics Seminar course at the first cycle of the Slovenian Studies programme, and in the Seminar Workshop I and Seminar Workshop II courses at the third cycle of the Cognitive Science of Language programme.

Izbor člankov:
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, SAKSIDA, Amanda, SULLIVAN, Jessica, SKORDOS, Dimitrios, WANG, Yiqiao, BARNER, David. Do children derive exact meanings pragmatically? : evidence from a dual morphology language. Cognition 207, [COBISS.SI-ID 42393347],
SCHNEIDER, Rose M., SULLIVAN, Jessica, MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, BISWAS, Priyanka, MIŠMAŠ, Petra, PLESNIČAR, Vesna, BARNER, David. Do children use language structure to discover the recursive rules of counting?. Cognitive psychology, 117. [COBISS.SI-ID 5520635]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. Investigation of Slovenian copular agreement. V: FRANKS, Steven, TIMBERLAKE, Alan, WIETECKA, Anna W (ur.) Selected proceedings of the 14th meeting of the Slavic linguistics society : in honor of Peter Kosta. Berlin [etc.]: Peter Lang, 2021. Str. 141-170. [COBISS.SI-ID 95704579]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. Dual in Slovenian. V: HOFFHER, Patricia Cabredo (ur.). The Oxford handbook of grammatical number. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. Str. 428-444. [COBISS.SI-ID 72925187]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, MIŠMAŠ, Petra, ŽAUCER, Rok. Zakaj velika okrogla rdeča čestitka in ne rdeča velika okrogla čestitka? : poskus razlage nezaznamovane stave pridevnikov. V: KRAJNC IVIČ, Mira (ur.), ŽELE, Andreja (ur.). Pogled v jezik in iz jezika : Adi Vidovič Muha ob jubileju. Maribor: Univerzitetna založba, 2020. Str. 103-115. [COBISS.SI-ID 21145603]