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Title:Feature Patterns
Authors:Brett Miller
Abstract:This thesis is that the particular properties of phonological features and their combinatorial asymmetries emerge through language acquisition and sound change thanks to the way non-cognitive factors such as acoustic physics and vocal tract physiology interact with general cognitive abilities that may also be relevant to non-linguistic learning activities. Stipulating either features or their co-occurrence patterns as part of innate human linguistic knowledge is therefore redundant. Major implications for theories of grammar design and sound change are explored with a focus on how speakers develop features, how grammars manipulate features during production, and how historical linguists can use inferences about the features of prehistoric languages as a guide in reconstruction.
Area/Keywords:laryngeal features, phonology phonetics interface, grammar design theory
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