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PHONO: feature theory (was: vowel harmony)

From:Jonathan Knibb <j_knibb@...>
Date:Friday, June 20, 2003, 19:08
When the vowel harmony discussion got on to comparing languages in
terms of the features applied to their phoneme inventories, it
reminded me of something that's been bugging me for a while.

Question 1: in standard feature theory, is a phoneme uniquely
associated with a particular set of features *no matter which language
it's in*?

Question 1a: is it meaningful to speak of 'the same phoneme' cross-
linguistically anyway?

Question 2: how do you decide which value of a feature is unmarked?

ObC - Telona's consonant inventory is ruthlessly feature-symmetrical,
and I've had the devil's own job trying to get it to fit my personal
aesthetic given this constraint. If I could make up my own features,
it would make things a *lot* easier. :))


[reply to jonathan underscore knibb at hotmail dot com]
'O dear white children casual as birds,
Playing among the ruined languages...'
Auden/Britten, 'Hymn to St. Cecilia'


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