chapter  3
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Ways of Maximizing Distinctiveness

In the previous chapter we argued for a model of contrast that incorporated the requirement that the auditory distinctiveness of contrasts should be maximized. This requirement places constraints on auditory representations, and thus provides a basis for their involvement in phonology. In this and the next two chapters we will see that many of the auditorily-based phenomena identified in chapter 1 involve maximization of distinctiveness as a central motivation.