Phonology is a central area of research and study in the Linguistics Program. Students are encouraged to describe understudied sound patterns, explore theoretical implications of common and uncommon sound patterns, understand sound patterns in terms of their phonetic bases and historical developments, and design experiments to better understand the nature of phonological knowledge and its relationship to morphology, syntax and semantics.
The Linguistics Program is the home to the annual CUNY Phonology Forum, regularly invites symposia speakers engaged in phonological research, hosts visiting international scholars, and, by popular demand, offers seasonal workshops and reading groups in phonetics and phonology.
Ongoing research includes properties of sound inventories, phonotactics and prosodic systems, alternations, and the nature of sound change.
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