Unified Features

Unified Features



A term used to characterize models of non-linear phonology which integrate consonantal and vowel place features in a single framework. In this approach, for example, labial and coronal articulations are brought together into a single coronal tier. However, consonants and vowels retain their identity, in that place features of consonants are immediately dominated by the consonantal place node, and vowels by the vocalic place node. Thus the relation of [labial] in a consonant to C-place defines a different plane from that of [labial] in a vowel to V-place.