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# Introduction to Non-Linear Phonology

**H**aike Jacobs
This course will start with a brief overview of linear phonology. The basic
assumption of linear phonology was that sound can be linearly sliced up
into discrete matrices of segments. The way in which phonological
adjustments were accounted for in linear phonology will be briefly dealt
with. After that, we will discuss the main arguments that led to the
development of nonlinear phonology. Nonlinear phonology does not represent
one single theory in a definite form, but rather consists of a number of
subtheories (stress, feature representation, syllable structure,
underspecification etc.) each of which is characterized by a number of
competing descriptive models. We will discuss, among other things, syllable
structure, metrical structure and feature geometry. We will focus on
metrical structure and discuss a number of competing descriptive models.

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