|Title:||A Correspondence Approach to Vowel Harmony and Disharmony|
|Abstract:||A Correspondence Approach to Vowel Harmony and Disharmony
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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