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Prolegomena to a special volume on South Asian phonetics and phonology

Shakuntala Mahanta and Indranil Dutta


This chapter is a short thematic introduction to the papers that appear in this special volume on the phonetics and phonology of a selective but representative set of languages from the South Asian sprachbund. The volume consists of five papers that engage with a broad set of topics, namely, acoustics of Kalasha affricates, perception of breathiness in Gujarati, syllable structure of Kuki-Chin, syllable structure and incipient vowels in Lamkang, and vowel harmony in Assamese. These papers, we hope, are representative in terms of the choice of theoretical frameworks and methodologies employed in addressing the various linguistic phenomena.


We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the anonymous reviewers of the papers published here. They were requested to complete their reviews within a very short stipulated amount of time, and without their cooperation, publishing this volume could not have been accomplished.


Mahanta, Shakuntala. 2006. Local and non-local blocking in vowel harmony. Western Conference on Linguistics 34. 296–307.Search in Google Scholar

Mahanta, Shakuntala. 2007. Directionality and locality in vowel harmony with special reference to vowel harmony in Assamese. Utrecht: Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap.Search in Google Scholar

Mahanta, Shakuntala. 2012. Locality in exceptions and derived environments in vowel harmony. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 30(4). 1109–1146.10.1007/s11049-012-9173-5Search in Google Scholar

Published Online: 2020-01-10
Published in Print: 2020-02-25

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