any of the set of phonetic
characteristics that, when variously grouped together, distinguish one phoneme
the bundle of distinctive features for the phoneme /m/ includes [+ consonant] and [+ nasal], while the one for the phoneme
/p/ includes [+ consonant] and [- nasal]
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