Some impressionistic and acoustic observations on the phonetics of [ATR] harmony in a speaker of a dialect of Kalenjin

John Local, Ken Lodge

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    Abstract

    Conventional treatments of vowel harmony processes routinely make two important assumptions: first, only vowels are implicated in the harmonic process and second, the phonologically relevant harmony features have a transparent (intrinsic) phonetic interpretation (IPI). Consonants are typically treated only insofar as they interfere with such harmony (van der Hulst & van der Weijer 1995 provide a concise overview of harmony processes and their interpretation). Phonetic data on ‘advanced tongue root’ [ATR] harmony in the Tugen dialect of Kalenjin appears to challenge both these assumptions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of the International Phonetics Association
    Volume34
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

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