Feature geometry

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Feature geometry is a phonological theory introduced by George N. Clements in 1985. It represents distinctive features as a structured hierarchy rather than a matrix.


  • Clements, G. N. & S. J. Keyser, 1983. CV Phonology: a Generative Theory of the Syllable (Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 9), MIT Press, Cambridge, Ma.
  • Clements, G. N., 1985. "The Geometry of Phonological Features," Phonology Yearbook 2, 225-252.
  • Clements, G. N. & Elizabeth Hume, 1995. "The Internal Organization of Speech Sounds" In John Goldsmith, ed., Handbook of Phonological Theory. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 245–306.

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