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Title:Vowel harmony in contact-induced systems: the case of Asia Minor dialects of Greek
Authors:Anthi Revithiadou, Marc van Oostendorp
Comment:Additional co-authors: Kalomoira Nikolou & Maria-Anna Tiliopoulou
Abstract:The Asia Minor dialects of Greek display two patterns of vowel assimilation that look superficially like the vowel harmony that is familiar from Turkish. In this paper, we discuss these patterns and show that they should not be identified as vowel harmony of the Turkic type. In particular, we argue that two disyllabic domains can be identified, one at the beginning of the word and one at the end. `Harmony' within these two domains conforms to different principles. Initial-domain harmony is sonority-driven and it is attested in other Greek dialects of the southern zone as well. Final-domain harmony is not sonority-driven but features sensitivity to stress which is unattested in Turkish.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1