Phonology OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course on Modeling Phonology

Published Jan 12, 2009

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Students interested in how express and model the sounds of different languages can take the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free OpenCourseWare language class 'Topics in Phonology.' A background in linguistics and basic phonology is essential for this graduate level course.

Topics in Phonology: Course Specifics

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Topics in Phonology: Course Description

The Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT in Cambridge, MA, offers this OpenCourseWare, which focuses on how to quantify sequences of sounds from any language into a comprehensive model.

Students begin to understand the phonological rules of different languages by learning to create phonological models. Such models help students to understand how and when a person learns language through hearing words. This establishes linguistic and grammatical patterns of that language. In addition to phonology theory, students learn to create these empirical models with data points and run computer simulations. Linguistics professor Dr. Adam Albright teaches this course. This course moves beyond basic phonology and requires prior introductory coursework. Students must have Perl software to take advantage of all course material.

This OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, list of recommended readings, lecture notes, assignments and study materials. Those interested in this free course should visit the Topics in Phonology course page.

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