Beginning Phonology (yearly): The course introduces the standard linear theory of generative phonology, developed during the 70s, as well as some aspects of the non-linear theory of the early 80’s. Both theories are primarily couched within a rule-based approach to phonological systems, though the non-linear theory also assumes hierarchical representations and constraints. The course considers universal and language-specific systematic regularities in sound-combinations that motivate phonological rules in various languages, the formal format of the rules, their interaction, and the properties of the representations to which they apply. Throughout the course, we evaluate methods of phonological analysis, aiming to account for the phonological knowledge of native speakers. ► Prerequisites: Introduction to Linguistics and Phonetics. ► This course is a prerequisite of Advanced Phonology, Loanwords Phonology, and Acquisition of Phonology (BA seminar)
Advanced Phonology (yearly): In this course we study post-SPE theories of Generative Phonology, with reference to syllable structure, stress, and phonology-morphology interface, where the latter includes prosodic morphology and the organization of the lexicon. We start with a critical view on the rule-based theory of the SPE and then get acquainted with the basics of Optimality Theory (OT). For each topic, we study the pre-OT theories and then turn to the OT accounts. ► Prerequisite: Beginning Phonology. ►This course is the prerequisite of Segmental Optimality (BA seminar) and Experimental Phonology, and is also one of the four required courses for the MA program.
Methodology Seminar (every other year): The title of the course is actually “everything you wanted to know about writing a thesis but you never dared to ask”. If you are a research student (M.A. with thesis or Ph.D.) at any stage of your study, this course is just for you. You cannot even imagine the diversity of issues involved in being a research student. Here are just a few, all and more will be discussed in the course: Writing an academic CV; Establishing relationship with your advisor; Defining your research topic; Organizing your thoughts; Acknowledging the contribution of others to the content of your work; Writing an abstract; Preparing handouts, PP presentations, and posters; Delivering a talk; Deciding what (not) to include in your talk/paper/thesis; Moving when you are stuck. The course also functions as a support group, which is of vital importance given the demanding and often frustrating task of writing a thesis.
Heritage Linguistics – Phonology and Morphology (2012-13): Heritage speakers are sequential bilinguals, who acquired two languages before the critical age (thus bilingual), but one language was acquired before the other (therefore sequential). The unique characteristic of heritage speakers is that their first language, i.e. the heritage language spoken at home, is often not their dominant language. Therefore, their linguistic capacity in their first language is often incomplete, different from that of native speakers, but also from that late of learners. Heritage speakers thus pose a challenge to research in generative linguistics, which is based primarily on native speakers. To begin with, we are forced to inquire into the notion of “native speaker”, a notion that we often take for granted. The course is divided into three parts: The first part will bedevoted to reading and discussing articles on the critical age, mono/bilingualism, and heritage linguistics. We will also read about fieldwork, in preparation for the second part of the course, where we will go out to document the speech of heritage speakers. In the third part we will present our findings, with emphasis on phonological and/or morphological phenomena. ► Prerequisite: Advanced Phonology (B.A. students with a grade of 95). ► Course requirements: Attendance, reading, presenting an article in class, presenting your research, original paper.
Phonological Impairment (2009-10)
Multiple Grammars (2008-09)
Semitic Morphology (2008-09)
Lexical Representations (2007-08)
Development in Morphology (2007-08)
Experimental Phonology (2006-07)
Comparative Hebrew Morpho-phonology (2006-07)
Phonology of Paradigms (2005-06)