Korean vowel harmony: an optimality account

Sohee Choi
This thesis examines two aspects of Korean vowel harmony: the identification of the correct harmonizing feature and neutrality in the harmony system. In this study, I investigate the hypothesis that Korean vowel harmony can be described as tongue root harmony and that the neutrality in the harmony system can be accounted for through the interaction of various constraints within the framework of Optimality Theory; the Theory of Constraint Interaction (Prince and Smolensky 1993, McCarthy and...
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