ITRW on Experimental Linguistics
This paper reviews some of the basic premises of Quantal-Enhancement Theory as developed by K. N. Stevens and his colleagues. Quantal theory seeks to explain why some articulatory and acoustic dimensions are favored over others in distinctive feature contrasts across languages. In this paper, after a review of basic concepts, a protocol for quantal feature definitions is proposed and problems in the interpretation of vowel features are discussed.
Bibliographic reference. Clements, George N. / Ridouane, Rachid (2006): "Quantal phonetics and distinctive features", In ExLing-2006, 17-24.