Phonological Features

In this unit, we shall discuss phonological features beginning from a historical perspective by looking at Trubetzkoy’s theory of oppositions, move on to the distinctive features of Jakobson and Halle, followed by those of Chomsky and Halle, popularly known as SPE features, 1968. We shall attempt a motivation/justification of these phonological features and consider further developments. We shall also take a look at a different approach to features, the feature hierarchies/tree/geometry, their justification and further developments within the model. Finally, we shall consider the representation of complex segments and their representation.
Reading List:

Hall, T. A. 2007. Segmental features in The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology, Paul de Lacy (ed.). Cambridge: CUP.
Hyman, Larry M. 1975. Phonology: Theory and Analysis. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
Kenstowicz, Michael 1994. Phonology in generative grammar. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
Roca, I. & W. Johnson 1999. A Course in Phonology. Oxford: Blackwell.
Schane, Sanford A. 1973. Generative Phonology. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Trask, R. L. 1996, 2004. A dictionary of phonetics and phonology. London: Routledge.
Williamson, Kay in Yul-ifode, Shirley 1999. A course in phonology. Nigeria, Port Harcourt: Riverside Communications.
Yul-ifode, Shirley 1999. A course in phonology. Nigeria, Port Harcourt: Riverside Communications.