UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 12 (2000)
Nasal harmony as prosody-driven agreement
Unlike vowel harmony, which operates between nuclear projections, nasal harmony is usually considered to display string adjacency. This paper attempts to unify these two types of assimilation by bringing nasal harmony into line with vowel harmony. The conclusion is that all assimilatory processes are controlled by higher-level prosodic structure rather than by segment-to-segment relations.