Atluk wrote:Well, Idk what you would call this kind of vowel harmony, but when /a/ becomes [æ], represented by <ä>, /i/ must be pronounced as [ɛ] (or possibly) [e].
Yeah, that's not quite how vowel harmony works.
Vowel harmony is a change in one or more features of a vowel brought on by its proximity to another vowel or (less commonly) consonant. In its strictest form, there are two sets of vowels and each word can only contain vowels from one set. (In practice, there are often vowels which are "neutral" with regard to vowel harmony and can appear in either type of word.)
So, for instance, /a/ being realised as [æ] in words with /i/ in them would be a kind of vowel harmony (specifically, a form of metaphony
). But if there is a variant of /a/ which occurs unpredictably (and has to be marked in the orthography), then what you really have is a four-vowel system, not a three-vowel system.
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