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Title:Turkish Vowel Harmony and Disharmony: An Optimality Theoretic Account
Authors:Robert Kirchner
Abstract:In this paper I analyze the pattern of [round] and [back] vowel harmony and disharmony in Turkish within the framework of Optimality Theoretic Phonology (Prince and Smolensky 1993). In Optimality theory, the phonological component of the grammar consist solely of a set of universal, violable constraints, ranked on a (partially) language-specific basis. My primary goal is to extend this framework to segmental phenomena, exploring the sorts of constraints which are required to account for a language with fairly rich segmental phonology.
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