Apophony in Turkish.

Baturay Meral S.

Turkish Studies, vol.5, no.4, pp.201-220, 2010 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.7827/turkishstudies.1787
  • Title of Journal : Turkish Studies
  • Page Numbers: pp.201-220


The present work investigates the sound alternations in Turkish onomatopoeic reduplications and offers an analysis based on apophony, which is the label for context-free sound alternations. It questions whether Turkish onomatopoeic reduplication displays any regularity with respect to the vocalic changes observed in the forms. The study claims that context-free sound alternations in onomatopoeic reduplications are some form of apophony and follows the Apophonic path offered by Guerssel and Lowenstamm (1996). Turkish implements A→U alternation for both [a]-[u] and [e]-[ü] changes observed in onomatopoeic reduplications.