Non-Finno-Ugric/Turkish vowel harmony systems and the evolution
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 22, 2002, 17:22|
Steven Williams scripsit:
> How would
> vowel harmony evolve in a language previously without
> such a system?
I suspect it evolves naturally from ease-of-pronunciation questions:
it's less work to keep the tongue pretty much in the same place.
Initial stress probably favors it too.
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John Cowan <jcowan@...>