ERIC Number: ED172539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Borrowing and Its Implications for Turkish Phonology. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 3.
Borrowing and its implications for Turkish phonology is examined, focusing on words with initial and final consonant clusters. A brief summary of the relevant portions of Turkish phonology is presented. A formulation of the rules of lateral conditioning and velar conditioning is shown to successfully account for almost all the relevant borrowing naturalizations into Turkish. These rules are internally motivated. It is contended that it would be preferable to give up Foster's formulation which makes the assumption that backness of the velars and the laterals is determined by the adjacent vowels. The proposed formulation provides a nearly uniform treatment of cluster restrictions, predictability of the suffixed forms, and the reduction in the number of exceptions. The need for a thorough reconsideration of the interaction of vowel harmony and consonant harmony is indicated. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Linguistics.