WHERE IS THE NATURAL PHONOLOGY PHONEME IN 2009?
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The phoneme in Natural Phonology (NP) has a different status from that which it has in most versions of 'generative' phonology and also from several other current functionalist phonological models. Unlike the generative view, the NP phoneme is a mental image of a fully specified sound. On the other hand, unlike the usage-based view, there is a single mental image which is modified online in production, while perception 'undoes' the modification according to the speaker/hearer's dialect. This paper presents some arguments for the continuing validity of the NP view.
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