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Labial Harmony

labial harmony

NB: This sub-section discusses Labial Harmony which is a particular type of Consonant Harmony. Labial harmony process As well as velars functioning as triggers, labials can also act as triggers. When a labial consonant triggers the assimilation of a target consonant then this is known as labial harmony. Once again, alveolars are particularly susceptible to this type of consonant harmony. Consider […]

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Velar Harmony

velar harmony

NB: This sub-section discusses Velar Harmony which is a particular type of Consonant Harmony. Velar harmony process Alveolars are particularly susceptible to harmony. Here is another example.   tick /tɪk/ → /kɪk/   Again, we see that a target alveolar has assimilated to the place of articulation of a trigger velar, i.e. the voiceless alveolar plosive /t/ has assimilated […]

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Consonant Harmony

consonant harmony

CONSONANT HARMONY Definition: A target consonant assumes the place of articulation of a trigger consonant across an intervening vowel. Comment: Consonant harmony takes place in CVC syllables where the two consonants are different. One of the consonants triggers the other to assume its place of articulation. This results in a CVC syllable in which the two consonants are now the […]

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Vowel Harmony

vowel harmony

VOWEL HARMONY Definition: Replacing the unstressed vowel in a multisyllabic word with the vowel that receives the primary stress. Comment:  Vowel harmony affects unstressed vowels. They are assimilated to the vowel within the syllable that receives the primary stress so that both vowels are the same – they harmonize. Harmony can spread from left-to-right (progressive) or from right-to-left (regressive). Examples: […]

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Assimilatory processes Assimilation is said to have taken place when one speech segment is transformed into another owing to the influence of a neighboring segment. In the majority of cases the segments are individual speech sounds but there are instances where a whole syllable will influence a neighboring syllable. There are also instances where the neighboring segment is, in […]

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