A feature geometric description of Finnish vowel harmony covering and native words * both loans

  title={A feature geometric description of Finnish vowel harmony covering and native words * both loans},
  author={Riitta Vdimaa-Blum},
  • Riitta Vdimaa-Blum
  • Published 2003
Loanwords sometimes pose problems for phonological rules which otherwise cover the native vocabulary in the language. Finnish vowel harmony is a case in point. The native vocabulary is governed by a clear set of regular harmony rules for both roots and suffixes. Long loanwords, however, be they harmonic or disharmonic, typically manifest free variation in the suffixes. The existence of inter and intraspeaker suffixal variation has been well documented in both introspective studies and written… CONTINUE READING
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