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

As taught in: Spring 2007

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.)




Dr. David Gow

Prof. Donca Steriade

Prof. Edward Flemming

Prof. Kenneth Stevens

Prof. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel

Course Features

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.