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Title:Two arguments for a positive vowel harmony imperative
Authors:Samuel R. Bowman
Abstract:In this paper I provide arguments from two case studies in support of Kimper's (2011) new Trigger Competition approach to vowel harmony, which is based on autosegmental linking and the positively formulated Spread constraint. The first argument is based on Hungarian vacillation, in which sequences of vowels that individually do not participate in backness harmony can conspire to create free variation or to participate fully. Trigger Competition's violable preference for local harmony over long-distance harmony, as well as its formalization of differing degrees of vowel transparency, make this simple to account for. The second is based on an account of Seto backness harmony, a system which has not yet been addressed in the constraint-based phonology literature, and which I claim presents a distinctly difficult case for conventional theories due to its paired neutral vowels.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Phonology, Vowel Harmony, Autosegmental Phonology, Locality, Positive Constraints, Seto, Hungarian
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