Monovalent Feature


A monovalent feature is one which does not have the ability to be either [+] or [-]. For example, place features are monovalent, as it is assumed that articulation is happening in one area and therefor does not need a [+] or [-] distinction. It would not be necessary to write [+bilabial] for example, and instead [bilabial] would suffice.

A list of monovalent features includes:

  • [labial]
  • [coronal]
  • [dorsal]
  • [laryngeal]
  • [pharyngeal]