The Lexicon and Its Features

Articulator free and articulator bound elements of the English word 'back.'

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.)


MIT Course Number

24.941J / 6.543J / 9.587J / HST.727J

As Taught In

Spring 2007



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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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David Gow, Donca Steriade, Edward Flemming, Kenneth Stevens, and Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel. 24.941J The Lexicon and Its Features. Spring 2007. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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