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Uniqueness in element signatures

Kula, Nancy C (2017) 'Uniqueness in element signatures.' In: Lindsey, Geoff and Nevins, Andrew, (eds.) Sonic Signatures: Studies dedicated to John Harris. Mouton de Gruyter, 118 - 132. ISBN 9789027208316

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Representations of segments using elements or features face the challenge of whether cross-linguistic representations of the same sound should have the same representation. In line with a universal view of phonology, it is generally argued that the same phonetic output should have identical representations across systems. This paper discusses some cases where this position is challenged, particularly in cases involving language change and so-called crazy rules. It is argued that the phonological patterning of segments is what should be the crucial deciding factor in their representation, allowing different elemental combinations of the same sound from different languages to map onto identical patterns in the speech signal.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2021 12:05
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 12:15

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