This course is part of the programme
Master in SL studies - Linguistics

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 (also Governmental Phonology)).


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.


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


Attending lectures, a term paper, active participation in in-class discussions.