From: william drewery <[log in to unmask]>
> Consonant harmony! Wow, I've never heard of that
> before. I've heard of nasal harmony before, but
> figured that was as far as it went. At on time I had
> planned a conlang in which all consonants within a
> word had to be of the same family, such as all
> ejective or all voiced. But dropped it as too
Some kinds of consonant harmonies are more unnatural than others.
I'd suggest you look at Gunnar Hansson's recent dissertation on the
topic. The first part is a broad typological survey of consonant
harmony, and the second an optimality theoretic analysis thereof.
Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
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