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Asymmetries in Vowel Harmony: A Representational Account

Harry van der Hulst


This book deals with the phenomenon of vowel harmony, a phonological process whereby all the vowels in a word are required to share a specific phonological property, such as front or back articulation. Vowel harmony occurs in the majority of languages of the world, though only in very few European languages, and has been a central concern in phonological theory for many years. In this volume, Harry van der Hulst puts forward a new theory of vowel harmony, which accounts for the patterns of and exceptions to this phenomenon in the widest range of languages ever considered. The book begins with ... More

Keywords: vowel harmony, phonology, locality, unary features, dependency phonology, government phonology, variable element, licensing, Radical CV Phonology, system dependency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry van der Hulst, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of Connecticut