On Certain Practical Inadequacies of Distinctive Feature Systems Existing distinctive feature systems have several practical shortcomings. Although the deficiencies do not necessarily have important consequences for theoretical linguistics, they constitute a considerable obstacle to diagnosing and treating speech disorders. Nevertheless, distinctive features are being used and advocated increasingly in speech research and have even been suggested as a ... Forum
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On Certain Practical Inadequacies of Distinctive Feature Systems
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1974, Vol. 39, 32-43. doi:10.1044/jshd.3901.32
History: Received July 19, 1973 , Accepted September 6, 1973
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1974, Vol. 39, 32-43. doi:10.1044/jshd.3901.32
History: Received July 19, 1973; Accepted September 6, 1973

Existing distinctive feature systems have several practical shortcomings. Although the deficiencies do not necessarily have important consequences for theoretical linguistics, they constitute a considerable obstacle to diagnosing and treating speech disorders. Nevertheless, distinctive features are being used and advocated increasingly in speech research and have even been suggested as a metric for measuring intelligibility distortion. A tentative set of language-specific features based on articulation is suggested as a replacement for universalist features, which are based partially on marginal or contrived acoustic properties and are motivated by a concern for optimum notational economy.

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