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FeaturesPerspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics$
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Anna Kibort and Greville G. Corbett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.001.0001

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Feature hierarchies and contrast in phonology

Feature hierarchies and contrast in phonology

(p.37) 3 Feature hierarchies and contrast in phonology

B. Elan Dresher

Oxford University Press

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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