chapter  2
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the Vowel System

This chapter deals with two phonological processes in Pulaar: 1) the ATR harmony affecting mid vowels, and 2) the metrical shortening of long vowels in closed syllables. The first process, discussed in 2.2, is analyzed within the framework of charm and government theory,1 proposed by Kaye, Lowenstamm and Vergnaud (1985).2 The discussion on the harmony process will lead to the difficult question of the number of vowels in Pulaar.