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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology$
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Eric Raimy and Charles E. Cairns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182706

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.001.0001

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The Role of Features in a Symbolic Theory of Phonology

The Role of Features in a Symbolic Theory of Phonology

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Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology
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Bert Vaux

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262182706.003.0004

This chapter discusses G. N. Clements’s arguments for the central role of features in phonology and his feature-based system of Economy. One can add more recent arguments for distinctive feature theory from experimental linguistics, including psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, aphasia, production and perception, rhyme, and orthography. Clements’s focus on articulatory rather than auditory features draws support from studies showing that features are based on activities of articulators, not acoustic targets. The chapter considers some relatively minor questions raised by the empirical and formal components of Clements’s feature theory, such as those relating to phonetics and phonological markedness, before discussing the role of features in a symbolic theory of phonology.

Keywords:   features, phonology, Economy, articulators, phonetics, markedness, symbolic theory, G. N. Clements, acoustic targets

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