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Diane Brentari and Jackson L. Lee

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226562452

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226562599.001.0001

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Autosegments Are Not Just Features

Autosegments Are Not Just Features

(p.97) Five Autosegments Are Not Just Features
Shaping Phonology

D. Robert Ladd

University of Chicago Press

Classical generative phonology, based on the two-dimensional model of phonological representations sketched by Jakobson, Fant, and Halle (1952), drew a clear distinction between linearly ordered segments and the unordered features that define segments. The autosegment, as conceived of in Goldsmith’s 1976 dissertation, was intended as a different type of phonological object, which combines characteristics of both segments and features; the original autosegmental proposal was thus to enrich the range of possible representations in the Jakobsonian/generative framework. Subsequent developments in phonological theory rapidly moved in a different direction, expanding the range of ways in which features can be arranged and seeing autosegmental behavior as potentially manifested by any feature. But persistent theoretical contradictions suggest the need to rehabilitate the original autosegmental idea and recognize the existence of phonological objects that are not linearly ordered but otherwise behave phonologically like segments.

Keywords:   segment, feature, autosegment, generative phonology, representations

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