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Title:A Correspondence Approach to Vowel Harmony and Disharmony
Authors:Martin Krämer
Abstract:A Correspondence Approach to Vowel Harmony and Disharmony

Martin Kraemer

University of Duesseldorf

In the paper, it will be argued that both harmony

and dissimilatory OCP effects on vowels are best analyzed

as correspondence relations between output segments within

certain domains, rather than as featural alignment as proposed

in the literature for analyses of harmony. The presented approach

allows for a unitary treatment of harmony and disharmony effects

and predicts that disharmony is to be found more rarely.

Furthermore, it will be shown that the prosodic domains mora

and syllable play a crucial role for harmony. Under this assumption,

the fact that consonants can block vowel harmony will be explained


Following Inkelas' (1994) theory of underspecification,

the approach allows a division of harmony systems into structure

changing (i.e., all overriding) and structure filling

(i.e., morpheme-specific) harmony types.

My argumentation is based mainly on data from Ainu, Turkish,

and Yucatec Maya.

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Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1