Shifting Interactions and Countershifting Opacity: A Note on Opacity in Harmonic Serialism

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Abstract

This squib proposes to extend the traditional taxonomy of pairwise process interactions (which contains “feeding,” “bleeding,” “counterfeeding,” and “counterbleeding”) to include the classes “shifting” and “countershifting.” A process “shifts” another if it does not feed or bleed it but rather causes it to apply in a different way. “Countershifting” is the opaque counterfactual inverse of shifting, and it fills a terminological gap identified by Kiparsky (2015). The class of countershifting interactions is claimed to be theoretically significant: Harmonic Serialism is able to apply the opaque process in countershifting interactions but generally not in counterfeeding or counterbleeding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Phonology
  • Harmonic Serialism
  • Opacity
  • Shifting
  • Countershifting

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