THE CUNY PHONOLOGY FORUM WORKSHOP ON FEATURES IN PHONOLOGICAL THEORY
March 10-11, 2005
Feature theory is central to an understanding of how phonological objects
are represented. The Workshop on Feature Theory was designed to focus on
basic representational aspects of features and the kinds of evidence relevant
to deciding on feature systems. The Workshop consisted of a productive,
open interchange between two senior scholars who have worked extensively
in feature theory, whose perspectives are different enough to be provocative,
and are similar enough to promote productive discussion. Professors Elan
Dresher and Nick Clements conducted a workshop on features during a two
day period in the Spring of 2005.
Professor Clements' paper is entitled:
Design Features of
Vowel Systems: The Role of Feature Economy.
It is a complement to his chapter The
Role of Features in Phonological Inventories, in Architecture and
Representations, which illustrates his
ideas in connection with consonants.
The handout for Professor Dresher's
Hierarchies and Contrast in Vowel Harmony, is here. Two other papers also
define and illustrate Dresher's approach to feature systems:
Phonological Activity in the Nez Perce Vowel System, Sara MacKenzie and B. Elan Dresher.
and Phonological Activity in Manchu Vowel Systems, B. Elan Dresher and Xi Zhang.
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