The Emergence of Distinctive Features
Oxford University Press, USA | 2008 | ISBN: 0199207917 | 256 pages | PDF | 2,1 MB


This book makes a fundamental contribution to phonology, linguistic typology, and the nature of the human language faculty. Distinctive features in phonology distinguish one meaningful sound from another. Since the mid-twentieth century they have been seen as a set characterizing all possible phonological distinctions and as an integral part of Universal Grammar, the innate language faculty underlying successive versions of Chomskyan generative theory.


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