CUNY MA/PhD Program in Linguistics, in collaboration with the CUNY Phonology Forum, cosponsored the CUNY Conference on the Feature in Phonology and Phonetics, January 16-18, 2013.
The conference also featured two special sessions, a tribute to Morris Halle and a session dedicated to the memory of Nick Clements.
Below find some of the issues relating to the feature in phonology that were addressed at the conference:
- Do features exist? If they exist, at what level of representation? Are they mental entities? Do they inhere in the vocal tract?
- Where do features come from?
- What is the role of contrast in defining or explaining phonological features?
- Are features the smallest, indivisible units of phonology?
- Are they divisible into yet smaller, atomic units?
- Are features merely convenient classificatory fictions?
- Is the principle of features in phonology an instance of a broader phenomenon?
- Do features inhere in segments, nodes of a prosodic hierarchy, or what?
- What principles guide the organization of features?
- What aspects of features are referred to by morphological and phonological rules/constraints?
- How do phonetic features relate to phonological features (and vice versa)?
- What role is played by features in human cognition?
- Are phonological features uniquely human?
- What is the neural representation of features?
Chuck Cairns, CUNY, and Eric Raimy University of Wisconsin