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Vihman, Marilyn May. 1978. Consonant harmony: Its scope and function in child language. In Greenberg, Joseph Harold, ed. Universals of human language. Stanford UP. pp. 281–334.
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Consonant harmony, which is widespread in child phonology but rare in the world's adult languages, serves to provide a source of substitutions for sounds the child cannot produce and to allow focus on new segments or extra syllables by producing the overall complexity of the word.