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

J. Local, K. Lodge

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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 pages15
JournalJournal of the International Phonetic Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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