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LINGUIST List 20.194

Wed Jan 21 2009

Sum: Feeding and Counterfeeding

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Message 1: Feeding and Counterfeeding
Date: 20-Jan-2009
From: Darya Kavitskaya <darya.kavitskayayale.edu>
Subject: Feeding and Counterfeeding
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Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 19.3425
We only received a few answers, but all the responses we got were
meaningful and indicative of where the field is. We are grateful to Mike
Maxwell and Eric Bakovic for the general discussion of the topic, to Nina
Topintzi for suggesting that these patterns may occur in Northern Greek
dialects, and to Paul Kiparsky for reminding us that one of the
well-established examples of the interaction like this appears to be Lardil.

In Lardil, nouns in the nominative case that are longer than two moras
undergo apocope of the final vowel. Also, non-apical consonants are deleted
word-finally. Deletion of consonants is fed by apocope. However, apocope
does not apply to the vowel that is made final by consonant deletion
(deletion counterfeeds apocope).

A more general conclusion can be drawn from the discussion we had. The
terms ''counterfeed'' and ''counterbleed'' are confusing, especially when
used as verbs, not as gerunds (an informative illustration of this
confusion would be a couple of posts on the phonoloblog:
http://camba.ucsd.edu/blog/phonoloblog/2005/03/21/counterpunch/
http://camba.ucsd.edu/blog/phonoloblog/2005/03/27/counterpunch-2/ ).

Darya Kavitskaya and Peter Staroverov
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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