24.964 Topics in Phonology

Fall 2004

Diagram of a model of phonological learning.
A model of phonological learning. (Image courtesy of Adam Albright. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture notes and a complete set of assignments.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of modeling phonology, with an empirical focus on modeling the discovery of static phonotactics, the discovery of alternations, learning in the midst of variation and exceptions, and the discovery of gradient patterns. This course is also intended to provide hands-on experience with various aspects of using and developing models, including preparing training data, running simulations, and interpreting their results.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .pl, .xls.

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Prof. Adam Albright

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session