Comedian identifies a critical flaw in structuralism: Are distinctive features like leather sleeves

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I always thought this little bit by Demetri Martin highlights a crucial deficiency in any distinctive feature analysis.


Demetri Martin: “I was at a party, and I saw a guy with a leather jacket, and I thought, ‘That’s cool’. Then I saw a guy with a leather vest and I thought, ‘That’s not cool’. It was then that I realized what coolness is all about… leather sleeves.”

Is phonology all about leather sleeves?

 

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