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Title: Some auditory and acoustic observations on the phonetics of [ATR] harmony in a speaker of a dialect of Kalenjin
Author: John Local
Institution: University of York
Author: Ken Lodge
Institution: University of East Anglia
Linguistic Field: Phonology; Phonetics
Subject Language: Kalenjin
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 and 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.


This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 34, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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