The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology: Contents

  title={The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology: Contents},
  author={B. Elan Dresher},
I will show that phonologists have vacillated between two different and incompatible approaches to determining whether a feature is contrastive in any particular phoneme. One approach involves extracting contrastive features from fully-specified minimal pairs. I will show that this approach is provably untenable. A second approach arrives at contrastive specifications by ordering features into a hierarchy, and splitting up the inventory by successive divisions until all phonemes have been… 

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