Phonology OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Linguistics Course by MIT on Phonology

Published Feb 12, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers its 'Language and its Structure I: Phonology' course as free OpenCourseWare. The original course was created by the Linguistics and Philosophy Department at MIT for its Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Philosophy students. The course introduces students to the ways that different languages organize sounds and use them to convey meaning.

Language and its Structure I (Phonology): Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes Yes No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
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Language and its Structure I (Phonology): Course Description

'Language and its Structure I: Phonology' is a required course for undergraduates in MIT's Linguistics and Philosophy program. The original lecture course was taught by Professors Michael Kenstowicz and Donca Steriade. Phonology students study the ways that sounds are organized within and across different linguistic systems, and how native speakers interpret these sounds. Phonology differs from phonics in that it looks at the patterns and meaning of sounds, instead of just the production of them. Students also explore feature systems (sets of distinctive linguistic characteristics that are often used for language analysis) and learn to describe entire phonology systems.

This OpenCourseWare allows Internet users to download lecture notes and exercises with accompanying audio recordings. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the phonology course page.

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