24.941J / 6.543J / 9.587J / HST.727J The Lexicon and Its Features

Spring 2007

Table of distinctive features.
Distinctive features that define the word 'back' in English. This course is concerned with the theoretical motivation, definition and acoustic/articulatory realization of such distinctive features in spoken language. (Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare, after Stevens.)

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the distinctive features which distinguish sound categories of languages of the world. Theories which relate these categories to their acoustic and articulatory correlates, both universally and in particular languages, are covered. Models of word recognition by listeners, features, and phonological structure are also discussed. In addition, the course offers a variety of perspectives on these issues, drawn from Electrical Engineering, Linguistics and Cognitive Science.
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Prof. Edward Flemming
Dr. David Gow
Prof. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel
Prof. Donca Steriade
Prof. Kenneth Stevens

Course Meeting Times

1 session / week
3 hours / session