This paper provides an account of the abundance of natural classes without recourse to innate features. Evidence is provided from a computational model of class emergence which is based on readily observable aspects of phonetic similarity. Data for the simulation is provided by a featureless phonetic similarity metric which is based on objective acoustic and articulatory measurements, including ultrasound and airflow data.
Proceedings of the 24th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by John Alderete, Chung-hye Han, and Alexei Kochetov Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-407-2 library binding
vi + 405 pages
publication date: 2005
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA