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ERIC Number: ED399776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 43
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Another Travesty of Representation: Phonological Representation and Phonetic Interpretation of ATR Harmony in Kalenjin.
Local, John; Lodge, Ken
York Papers in Linguistics, v17 p77-117 Mar 1996
The Kalenjin group of languages, spoken mainly in western Kenya, displays a harmony system involving the phonological feature Advanced Tongue Root ([ATR]). The study reported here addresses issues of the phonological representation of the [ATR] in Kalenjin and its phonetic interpretation. Specifically, it is shown that (1) the harmony system encompasses the consonant system as well as the vowel system; (2) [ATR] is best characterized as a phonological unit that has a syllabic domain; (3) there are harmony constraints on the constituents of monomorphemic polysyllables; and (4) the phonetic exponents of [ATR] harmony provide evidence for the need to maintain a strict demarcation between an abstract, relational phonology and interpretive phonetic exponents. It is argued that a straightforward way of handling the [ATR] harmony system is in terms of underspecification, and it is proposed that a formal implementation of the analysis can be constructed in terms of constraints on structured hierarchies of features that permit partial specification and structure sharing, combined with a phonetic interpretation function. Contains 95 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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