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The Emergence of Distinctive Features
1. Natural Classes and Distinctive Features in Phonology 2. Phonetic and Psycholinguistic Evidence 3. Survey methods 4. Ambivalent Segments 5. Emergent Feature Theory 6. General Survey Results in Terms of Feature Theories. Expand
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Variability in American English s-retraction suggests a solution to the actuation problem
Abstract Although formulated by Weinreich, Labov, and Herzog in 1968, the actuation problem has remained an unsolved problem in understanding sound change: if sound change is conceived as theExpand
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Palatron: a technique for aligning ultrasound images of the tongue and palate
This paper describes a technique for addressing some of the serious challenges presented by ultrasound imaging, namely that ultrasound images offer no fixed point of reference, and that passive articulators such as the palate and velum are invisible under normal circumstances. Expand
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Looking through opacity
Comparative Markedness deals with alternations which are problematic for classical Optimality Theory such as counterfeeding opacity. Expand
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An ultrasound study of Canadian French rhotic vowels with polar smoothing spline comparisons.
  • Jeff Mielke
  • Mathematics, Medicine
  • The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 19 May 2015
This is an acoustic and articulatory study of Canadian French rhotic vowels, i.e., mid front rounded vowels /ø œ̃ œ/ produced with a rhotic perceptual quality, much like English [ɚ] or [ɹ], leadingExpand
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A phonetically based metric of sound similarity
This paper examines similarity measures based on acoustic and articulatory data from a set of crosslinguistically frequent consonants and vowels, and compares this phonetic similarity with measures of phonological similarity that are based on theCrosslinguistic patterning of phonemes associated with these sounds. Expand
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Similarity in the generalization of implicitly learned sound patterns
It is likely that generalization of implicitly learned sound patterns to novel words and sounds is structured by a similarity metric, but how may this metric best be captured? We report on anExpand
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The Interplay of Speech Perception and Phonology: Experimental Evidence from Turkish
This study supports claims of a relationship between speech perception and phonology with evidence from a crosslinguistic perception experiment involving /h/ deletion in Turkish. Expand
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Individual-level contact limits phonological complexity: Evidence from bunched and retroflex /ɹ/
We compare the complexity of idiosyncratic sound patterns involving American English /ɹ/ with the relative simplicity of clear/dark /l/-allophony patterns found in English and other languages. ForExpand
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Ambivalence and ambiguity in laterals and nasals
Ambivalent segments are speech sounds whose cross-linguistic patterning is especially variable, creating contradictions for theories of universal distinctive features. Expand
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