Is there phonological vowel reduction in Turkish?

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This article looks at vowel reduction in Turkish from the point of view of Government Phonology, trying to establish its place in grammar, i.e. whether it is a phonological process or something else. Government Phonology employs rigid criteria to delineate the domain of phonology. While vowel reduction is in principle expressible through the loss of elements (melodic primes), its sensitivity to morphosyntactic information makes clear that it must be non-phonological. It also becomes clear that the morphosyntactic conditioning is slightly different from what is usually given in grammars of the language. The article concludes with alternatives to a phonological treatment of vowel reduction.


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