On feature spreading and the representation of place of articulation

Morris Halle, Bert Vaux, Andrew Wolfe

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Since Clements (1985) introduced feature geometry, four major innovations have been proposed: Unified Feature Theory, Vowel-Place Theory, Strict Locality, and Partial Spreading. We set out the problems that each innovation encounters and propose a new model of feature geometry and feature spreading that is not subject to these problems. Of the four innovations, the new model - Revised Articulator Theory (RAT) - keeps Partial Spreading, but rejects the rest. RAT also introduces a new type of unary feature - one for each articulator - to indicate that the articulator is the designated articulator of the segment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-444
Number of pages58
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Feature geometry
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Unified Feature Theory
  • Vowel-Place Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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