Analogy, dis‐analogy, and secondary categories

John M. Anderson

in The Substance of Language Volume III

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608331
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732119 | DOI:
Analogy, dis‐analogy, and secondary categories

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Firstly, many of the secondary features invoked in the preceding chapters are argued to be non-atomic, but decomposable into complex categories. This deconstruction, however, reduces the set of features only marginally. On the contrary, it has been argued that in phonology not just secondary features also many aspects of structure may be reduced to configurations of just two features ‘C’ and ‘V’. It is argued here that the latter can largely be dispensed with in favour of exploitation of configurationality. Analogical here is the delicate balance in both planes between substantive distinctions, and their expression by features, and the thrust to configurationality. It is also concluded that the sets of primary and secondary features show a large overlap, at least.

Keywords: secondary features; lexical deconstruction; CV-phonology; configurationality; analogy; primary features

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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