Vowel harmony, neutral vowels and autosegmental theory

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A revision of McCarthy's analysis of Montaiies vowel harmony is proposed in which autosegmental tiers constitute a separate dimension of the representation whose feature specifications can be given independently. Segments which do not undergo harmony (including neutral vowels) are specified on the segmental tier and are not affected when a word is associated to the autosegmental tier (cf. Booij (1984)). By allowing rules to make reference to the specification of a whole tier within a harmony domain it is possible to simplify McCarthy's treatment considerably, in particular dispensing with his 'delinking' rule and consequently his 'Duke of York' analysis. It is also not necessary to invoke extrinsic rule ordering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 1986


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