ERIC Number: ED380990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Consonant harmony, a complex phonological assimilation in which segments (usually consonants, but sometimes even vowels) become identical, which occurs in the speech of young children and adult aphasics, is analyzed, particularly as it occurs in Finnish-speakers. Consonant harmony has an articulatory basis: it is a trend toward repetition of the same articulatory gesture instead of more varied gestures. The analysis looks at the nature of harmonic errors and proposed "explanations" of harmonic word forms, reviewing relevant literature on language acquisition and adult aphasia. Consonant harmony is then discussed in the framework of traditional, natural, and non-linear phonological theories. The phonetic quality of harmonic errors and their relation to slips of the tongue and Finnish vowel harmony are discussed. Finally, some directions for future research on consonant harmony are explored. (Contains 44 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Adults, Aphasia, Articulation Impairments, Articulation (Speech), Consonants, Error Analysis (Language), Finnish, Foreign Countries, Infants, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Phonology, Speech Impairments, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Young Children
Linguistic Association of Finland, c/o Tapio Hokkanen, English Philology, University of Joensuu, P.O. Box 111, 80101 Joensuu, Finland (Finnish marks 100,-).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Shore, Susanna, Ed.; Vilkuna, Maria, Ed. Yearbook of the Association of Finland, 1994. p57-88.