From: João Veloso <jvelosoletras.up.pt>
Subject: Advanced Course Phonological Typology
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Advanced Course Phonological Typology
Date: 11-Jul-2011 - 15-Jul-2011
Location: Porto, Portugal
Contact: João Veloso
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Meeting URL: http://cl.up.pt
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology; Typology
Advanced Course (20 hours). Monday-Friday, 9 am - 1 pm
Instructor: Professor Bernhard Hurch (University of Graz, Austria)
Language of teaching: English
Fee: 60 EUR (students: 30 EUR)
Organization: Centro de Linguística da Universidade do Porto
Information/applications: João Veloso (jvelosoletras.up.pt)
Typology as a sub-discipline of linguistic research has seen a notable revival in the last two decades. But still, it includes very different approaches, according to different theories.
To start with, there is no uncontroversial agreement on the question whether typology deals with 'types' and what such types can be. The traditional 'European' approach proposes a concept
of typology which aims at explaining the possibilities and limitations of grammatical structure. The pure study of cross-linguistic comparison (American approach) thus is not a satisfactory goal of typological research.
Phonology and typology are interrelated from different perspectives, both concerning phenomena and methodology.
The proposals range from phonology-internal to holistic approaches, from the discussion of possible explanations
of recurrent sound patterns to a broader view which seeks to discover the origin of grammatical invariance in
rhythmic patterns. Typology in a narrow sense can be seen as an intermediate level between universals and
language specific characteristics, thus it must be allowed to interrelate properties systematically which
co-occur in a given system. The course will aim at establishing a notion of phonological types, in the sense
that phonologies are not only different for presenting one or the other characteristic, but that phonologies
may systematically differ with respect to process types, the impact of centrifugal vs. centripetal tendencies,
of syllabic vs. accentual orientation etc.
A good overview over a wide range of approaches can be found in 'Linguistic Typology' 11.1 ('Whither linguistic typology -- an und für sich and in relation to other types of linguistic pursuits?').
Further reading material and texts for discussion will be provided at the beginning of the course.
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