chapter  10
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Phonological structure

In Chapters 7 to 9, we have been assuming a relatively straightforward view of phonological structure; the smallest phonological element has been the binary distinctive feature (Chapter 7). An unordered list, or matrix, of these distinctive features, each given a value of ‘+’ or ‘–’, characterises the largest phonological element, the segment (or phoneme), as in (10.1).