ISCA Archive ExLing 2006
ISCA Archive ExLing 2006

Quantal phonetics and distinctive features

George N. Clements, Rachid Ridouane

This paper reviews some of the basic premises of Quantal-Enhancement Theory as developed by K. N. Stevens and his colleagues. Quantal theory seeks to explain why some articulatory and acoustic dimensions are favored over others in distinctive feature contrasts across languages. In this paper, after a review of basic concepts, a protocol for quantal feature definitions is proposed and problems in the interpretation of vowel features are discussed.

Cite as: Clements, G.N., Ridouane, R. (2006) Quantal phonetics and distinctive features. Proc. First ITRW on Experimental Linguistics, 17-24

  author={George N. Clements and Rachid Ridouane},
  title={{Quantal phonetics and distinctive features}},
  booktitle={Proc. First ITRW on Experimental Linguistics},