ISCA Archive ExLing 2006
ISCA Archive ExLing 2006

Distinctive feature enhancement: a review

George N. Clements, Rachid Ridouane

We continue the review of some of the basic premises of Quantal-Enhancement Theory (Stevens 1972, 1989, etc.) initiated in Clements and Ridouane (2006). While Quantal Theory proposes to account for similarities in feature realisation across speakers and languages, Enhancement Theory proposes to account for regular patterns of cross-linguistic variation. In this sense these two theories may be regarded as complementary modules of a more comprehensive feature theory.

s Clements, G.N. and R. Ridouane. 2006. Quantal Phonetics and Distinctive Features: a Review. Proceedings of ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics, 28-30 August 2006, Athens, Greece Stevens, K. N. 1972. The quantal nature of speech: Evidence from articulatoryacoustic data. In Denes, P.B. and David Jr., E.E. (eds.), Human Communication, A Unified View, 51-66. New York, McGraw-Hill. Stevens, K.N. 1989. On the quantal nature of speech. Journal of Phonetics 17, 3-46

Cite as: Clements, G.N., Ridouane, R. (2006) Distinctive feature enhancement: a review. Proc. First ITRW on Experimental Linguistics, 97-100

  author={George N. Clements and Rachid Ridouane},
  title={{Distinctive feature enhancement: a review}},
  booktitle={Proc. First ITRW on Experimental Linguistics},