theoretical linguistics

Phonological underspecification

Since at least the 1970s, much research in theoretical phonology has been devoted to determining how speech sounds are represented in the human mind. Recently, Eulitz & Lahiri (2004) have demonstrated that EEG, and in particular the Mismatch Negativity (MMN) response, can be a powerful tool for investigating the featural specifications within the mental representations of speech sounds (Näätänen, 2001).