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What is vowel harmony?



Vowel harmony is a type of assimilation which takes place when vowels come to share certain features with contrastive vowels elsewhere in a word or phrase (Crystal 1992 168 ).

  • A front vowel in the first syllable of a word would require the presence of a front vowel in the second syllable.
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