Definition of vowel harmony in US English:

vowel harmony


  • The phenomenon in some languages, e.g., Turkish, in which all the vowels in a word are members of the same subclass, for example all front vowels or all back vowels.

    • ‘In Turkish, with its extensive system of vowel harmony, the above categories are more salient than they are in English, for example.’
    • ‘The phenomenon of vowel harmony has attracted considerable attention among phonologists from all theoretical denominations ever since.’
    • ‘Vowel harmony is probably the most widely known phonological characteristic of Turkic languages.’