ITRW on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 28-30, 2006

Quantal Phonetics and Distinctive Features

George N. Clements (1), Rachid Ridouane (1,2)

(1) Laboratoire de phonologie et phonétique, Sorbonne Nouvelle, France
(2) ENST/TSI/CNRS-LTCI, UMR 5141, Paris, France

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.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Clements, George N. / Ridouane, Rachid (2006): "Quantal phonetics and distinctive features", In ExLing-2006, 17-24.