Shifting interactions and countershifting opacity: A note on opacity in Harmonic Serialism

Ezer Rasin*

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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)836-851
Number of pages16
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Harmonic Serialism
  • countershifting
  • opacity
  • phonology
  • shifting

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