Definition of vowel harmony in English:

vowel harmony

Syllabification: vow·el har·mo·ny


  • The phenomenon in some languages, e.g., Turkish, in which all the vowels in a word are members of the same subclass, for example all front vowels or all back vowels.
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    • In Turkish, with its extensive system of vowel harmony, the above categories are more salient than they are in English, for example.
    • Vowel harmony is probably the most widely known phonological characteristic of Turkic languages.
    • The phenomenon of vowel harmony has attracted considerable attention among phonologists from all theoretical denominations ever since.

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