Is there a way to express gemination in SPE notation? Is it common/correct to say things like

[+anterior] -> [+anterior][+anterior] / __ [+vowel] ?

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Kenstowicz 1994 (Phonology in Generative Grammar, e.g. p. 63) uses ±long, just as for vowels, at least for the purposes of exposition. This is in line with the fact that the IPA length indicator ː is commonly encountered marking geminate consonants.

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