Reminder of What I Said in Class about the Data in Question 3 (Final Exam)

posted Dec 15, 2015, 2:56 PM by Lynn Gordon

ts and tʃ are both affricates: tis an alveolar affricate and  tʃ is postalveolar.  As I said in class, affricates are distinguished by being [+delayed release] and if you check the chapter on distinctive features, you'll see that there is a feature to distinguish [s] and [ʃ], which will also distinguish the two affricates.

Note on Question 2c on Final Exam

posted Dec 14, 2015, 11:41 PM by Lynn Gordon

You need to compare the distribution of [p] to that of [b], [t] to that of [d], etc.  You want to see if there is a rule that you can generalize to account for where the voiced stops and affricate appear and where the voiceless ones do.  If there is a rule, give it.  If not, demonstrate the contrast.

Corrected typo in the first question of the final exam

posted Dec 11, 2015, 1:23 PM by Lynn Gordon

The highlighted symbol in the text below is correct.
[wʌ̃n ɹi:zn̩ thə ju:z fə̃nɛɾɪk tɹæ̃nskɹɪpʃn̩  ɪz ðət ðə ɹəle:ʃʃɪp bəthwĩ:n sɑ̃wnd n̩ sɪ̃mbl̩ ɪ̃n ɪ̃ŋɡlɪʃ ɔɹθɑɡɹəfi ɪz nɑt wʌ̃ndəwʌ̃n] 

The Word and Acrobat files of the final exam have been corrected.

Discussion of Exercise 1 of Chapter 5

posted Dec 8, 2015, 4:34 PM by Lynn Gordon

is available linked to the Class Materials page as item #18.  Answers to exercises 2 and 3 are also linked to the Class Materials page, as item #19.

Recommendation: Try to solve these problems before looking at the answers and bring any questions you may have to class on Thursday.

Final Exam

posted Dec 8, 2015, 4:26 PM by Lynn Gordon

The take-home final was distributed.  It is available as a pdf here and as a docx file here.

Exercises 10 and 11

posted Dec 2, 2015, 6:23 PM by Lynn Gordon

The answers to exercises 10 and 11 with discussion are available here now.  The file is protected with the password used for the Class Dropbox.

Homework for Tuesday, 1 December 2015

posted Nov 19, 2015, 4:59 PM by Lynn Gordon

Homework due before class on  Tuesday after break:

(1) Write up the answer we came to for exercises 6 and 7 in chapter 4.

(2) Do exercises 10 and 11 in chapter 4.

You may find (11) strangely difficult, but don’t worry if you can’t find a perfect answer.  It is actually fairly simple, but people tend to get misled.

New Handout: IPA Charts Annotated with Distinctive Features

posted Nov 18, 2015, 11:25 AM by Lynn Gordon

A new handout consisting of IPA charts with distinctive features noted on them is available at and linked to the Class Materials page.

Quiz 6 Scheduled for Thursday, 19 November

posted Nov 17, 2015, 1:58 PM by Lynn Gordon

The next quiz is scheduled for class on Thursday before break.  If you are not  in class on Thursday, contact me asap (preferrably before class) to arrange a make-up quiz.

The quiz will consist of one problem like the simpler ones we've been doing in class--figure out the URs and rule to relate the UR to the surface form--plus a data set where I give you a rule to formalize.

Answers to Exercises 1-4 Chapter 4

posted Nov 16, 2015, 8:38 PM by Lynn Gordon

Since I didn't record last Thursday's class, I've posted an elaborated discussion of the answers to exercises 1-4 in chapter 4 (protected with the standard password).

I've made some corrections to this discussion so please go ahead and look at it again!

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