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Locality in Vowel Harmony

Andrew Nevins


Vowel harmony results from a set of restrictions that determine the possible and impossible sequences of vowels within a word. The study of syntax begins with the observation that the words of a sentence cannot go in just any order, and the study of phonology begins with the same observation for the consonants and vowels of a word. This book investigates long-distance relations between vowels in vowel harmony systems across a range of languages, with the aim of demonstrating that the locality conditions which regulate these relations can be attributed to the same principle that regulates long- ... More

Keywords: vowel harmony, syntax, phonology, consonants, locality conditions, syntactic dependencies, Agree, feature-valuation, Noam Chomsky, Minimalist Program

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262140973
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262140973.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Nevins, author