24.901 Language and its Structure I: Phonology

Fall 2002

Photograph of  "Le chant des voyelles (Song of the Vowels)", bronze sculpture.
Le chant des voyelles (Song of the Vowels). Jacques Lipchitz, 1931-32. Bronze. (Image courtesy Public Art at the University of California, Los Angeles.)

Course Highlights

This course includes audio examples, which are located in the assignments section.

Course Description

24.901 is designed to give you a preliminary understanding of how the sound systems of different languages are structured, how and why they may differ from each other. The course also aims to provide you with analytical tools in phonology, enough to allow you to sketch the analysis of an entire phonological system by the end of the term. On a non-linguistic level, the couse aims to teach you by example the virtues of formulating precise and explicit descriptive statements; and to develop your skills in making and evaluating arguments.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mp3.

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Prof. Michael Kenstowicz
Prof. Donca Steriade

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session