Laryngeal contrasts and problematic representations

This paper examines   some aspects  of expressing  laryngeal
activity in  current phonological  theory.  First, a bird's-
eye view survey is given  of the development of phonological
features   distinguishing types  of   laryngeal   activities
involved in human speech.  In the  second half of the paper,
Government  Phonology,  especially its  theory  of segmental
make-up, is confronted  with the minimum number of laryngeal
distinctions  found  empirically necessary  in the  previous
section  and its  own claims  of the  status of sound compo-
nents.    It will turn  out that  the way  out  of the first
problem  leads GP into even deeper  trouble.   A solution is
then proposed  to  partly repair  the  framework.  This last
section of  the paper is  rather speculative  awaiting later
corroboration or refutation.