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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. -- Business before pleasure, if not too bloomering long before. --Nicholas van Rijn John Cowan <jcowan@...>