Phonology is the study of how sounds pattern in the languages of the world. Using this definition, students will try to understand what exactly people are doing when they study phonology. The course will be divided up into two main sections: In the first section, students will learn about the main concepts and analysis techniques that have traditionally formed the backbone of phonology. The focus will be on how to perform a formal phonological analysis and make a phonological argument. In the second section of the course, the focus will shift toward understanding how and why the field of phonology has evolved over time, in terms of both its subject matter and its methods. Students will work through some of the seminal texts in phonological theory and try to understand what each theory does well versus poorly. This course will help students to become better, more critical thinkers and writers.