LING1115 - Introduction to Phonology and General Linguistic Tools


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Skriftlig 100/100 6 timer

Course content

The course is an introduction to phonological theory and basic linguistic tools. It has a general approach and is relevant to all language students. Its' primary focus is on phonological theory and phonological tools.

Grammar is more than just declension, conjugation and word order; sounds also have their own grammar, which is at the core of which sounds we use when we speak and how we use them. Why do we say 'compo' for 'competition'? Why do we say 'prate' with a long [a:] and 'prattle' with a short [a]?

Psychologically speaking, what is a language sound - before it is produced?

This course provides an introduction to generative phonology (the grammar of language sounds), with particular emphasis on structural representations which are considered universal for all languages of the world.

A small part of the course gives an introduction to basic linguistic tools, especially those which are relevant to phonology. The course content may be designed to fit the student group at hand, and may e.g. comprise elements from phonetics, morphology (word structure), syntax (words in combination) and diachrony (language history).

Learning outcome

The content and focus of the course may vary. However, after having finished the course, the student is at least expected to:

- Understand and describe the theoretical differences between SPE phonology and autosegmental phonology.
- Know the most important autosegmental and metric principles and structures, and be able to use these to carry out practical analysis of any language. The student is also expected to be able to understand
syllable theory, mora analysis, tonality and basic principles of feature gemometry.
- Be able to deal with basic grammatical terms.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and teaching in smaller groups. More specific information on course evaluation: Obligatory exercises have to be approved before the candidate may sit the written exam. Each of the obligatory papers should be 4 - 6 A4 pages. In special cases, students may be eligible to sit a take-home exam instead of a regular exam. An application is required.

Compulsory assignments

  • 3 approved exercises

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The curriculum will be announced at the start of term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
LING1105 7.5
LING1112 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2015

Language of instruction: Norwegian


Subject area(s)
  • Phonetics
  • Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Skriftlig 100/100 2015-12-04 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Skriftlig 100/100 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Skriftlig 100/100 2016-05-27 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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