ERIC Number: ED171124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
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Vowel Harmony and Code-Mixing: A Description of Phonemic Substitution in an American-Hungarian Text. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 3.
The phonological rules at work in code-mixing of Hungarian and English are described, with special reference to Hungarian vowel harmony and its influence on the entire system. The corpus available for describing this code-mixture is a written text in the form of a casually written letter. Both Hungarian and English orthographic rules have influenced the text. Hungarian vowel harmony, the substitution of Hungarian vowel phonemes in English words, and suffix vowels in the text are described. It is concluded that the ability to replace English with Hungarian phonemes so that the word meant is readily understandable to a bilingual speaker results from the fact that both languages possess many corresponding phonemes. In English words containing vowels which correspond and can be substituted, English pronunciation appears to take precedence over spelling pronunciation. The extra English phonemes are also generalized to fit into the Hungarian system. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Linguistics.