CSD 232 Home   Distinctive Features

The Distinctive Feature Representation
Of  Major Classes of  Speech Sounds



The Features ±VOCALIC, ± CONSONANTAL and ± NASAL can be used to account for these five major classes of speech sounds:



CONSONANTAL
VOCALIC
NASAL
Consonants (Obstruents)
+
-
-
(Oral) Vowels
-
+
-
Glides
-
-
-
Liquids
+
+
-
Nasals
+
-
+