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Phonology: Case Studies


The phonology of a language consists of the patterns of distribution of its speech categories. Phonological analysis is the process of determining what those patterns are, how they can be represented, and why they are the way they are. This site provides a series of case studies for students learning how to do phonological analysis. The case studies go step-by-step through phonological analyses in three languages - Kinyarwanda, Turkish, and Catalan - with soundfiles and references.

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Passe Partout


A sequence of audio and video selections to help intermediate and advanced students improve their oral comprehension skills. It provides the basis for comprehension exercises of increasing difficulty. The topics are extremely varied: the creation of Lalique crystal; winemaking, Van Gogh's genius; the production of sound effects for cinema; Sartre discussing Huis Clos in 1946; cinematographers Pialat and Karmitz describing their work; the history of the Louvre; Alphonse Daudet in a 1927 recording of his famous Provençal story, La Chèvre de Monsieur Seguin.

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JOSHU, a site for learning the Japanese language


JOSHU (Japanese Online Self-Help Utility) means "assistant", or "tutor" in Japanese, which is what this website attempts to be to anyone interested in learning the Japanese language. JOSHU is supported by the Japanese Language Program, UT-Austin.

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