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Title: Pseudo Vowel Harmony in Contemporary Korean: an Optimality Analysis
Author: Park, Chang-beom
ISNI:       0000 0001 3467 479X
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: The University of Essex pre-October 2008
Date of Award: 2008
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This study centres on the nature of vowel harmony in contemporary Korean within the framework of Optimality Theory (Prince and Smolensky 1993). The occurrence of vowel harmony is, however, very limited in contemporary Korean, only being found in: (i) ideophones, and (ii) some verbal morphology. Moreover, the phonological behaviour exhibited by the processes in question is very rare cross-linguistically. The present study attempts to solve these puzzles by regarding the vowel harmony of contemporary Korean, not as vowel harmony as such, but as a morphological process that manifests as pseudo vowel harmony. It will be argued throughout the dissertation that this view is decidedly superior to previous ones holding the existence of conventional vowel harmony in contemporary Korean.Our analysis can be summed up as follows: (i) Korean ideophones are accounted for by morpheme-indexed constraints (Pater 2007) that prohibit certain feature values to express certain morphemes, while (ii) Korean suffixal vowel harmony is dealt with local constraint conjunction and morpheme-indexed domain which prohibit certain vowel sequences in a specific morphological condition. Both approaches crucially share the interpretation of the prima facie vowel harmony found in contemporary Korean without postulating harmonic features and harmonic process like feature spreading.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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