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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Morphology

1988

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Feature Geometry And Dependency: A Review, John J. Mccarthy Jan 1988

Feature Geometry And Dependency: A Review, John J. Mccarthy

Linguistics Department Faculty Publication Series

A fundamental problem in phonological theory is the fact that processes often operate on consistent subsets of the distinctive features within a segment, like the features that characterize place of articulation. Recent research has responded to this problem by proposing a hierarchical organization of the features into functionally related classes, grouped under nodes of a tree structure. This ‘geometry’ resembles earlier theories that accomplish the same thing with multivalued features. This article reviews and expands the evidence for feature geometry. Within the segment, it is argued, the major dichotomy is between a Laryngeal node and a Place node. The manners ...