Feature matrix

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A feature matrix is a set of features that characterizes a given set of linguistic units with respect to a finite set of properties.

In lexical semantics, feature matrices can be used to determine the meaning of specific word fields.


[male] [adult]
man + +
woman - +
boy + -
girl - -

In phonology, a feature matrices are used to specify the features of a sound segment.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics