Abstract and Keywords
This article reviews some competing conceptions of a discrete interface, and considers the possibility that phonology and phonetics overlap on cognitive and theoretical levels, and superficially, on the empirical level. Additionally, it provides a very general model of the interface that may enable the reader to evaluate the overlapping and competing summaries themselves. The characteristics of phonetics and phonology are then covered. The article describes a few specific examples of proposals of the nature of the interface. A quasimodular framework rejects the widespread assumption among phonologists that ‘categorical’ and ‘gradient’ are themselves distinct. Recent results motivating Exemplar approaches involve interaction between idiolectal phonetics and the phonetics of contrast: somehow the characteristics of individual speakers can be stored and processed along with phonological and lexical information.
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