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Conquer primal fear: Phonological features are innate and substance-free
Canadian Journal of Linguistics
We argue that the representational primes of the human phonological faculty, the so-called distinctive features, are innate and substance-free. Our arguments for the innateness of features are built on traditional and novel logical arguments, experimental evidence accumulating over recent decades, and somewhat detailed proposals about their neurobiological reality. As symbols in the brain, features are substance-free, that is, they are devoid of articulatory and acoustic content, or even anydoi:10.1017/cnj.2022.35 fatcat:mmvjp4532bhwfmgx5xidefi6iy