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Feature hierarchies and contrast in phonology

B. Elan Dresher

in Features

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577743
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.003.0003
 							Feature hierarchies and contrast in phonology

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This chapter argues that there is a deep connection between feature ordering, contrast, and phonological activity. Contrasts are governed by language‐specific feature hierarchies; only contrastive features so determined are active in the phonology. These claims are supported and illustrated by case studies involving vowel harmony, consonant co‐occurrence, and loanword adaptation.

Keywords: contrast; phonology; phonetics; feature hierarchies; phonological patterning; harmony; loanword adaptation

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Subjects: Semantics

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