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Summary Details

Query:   Feeding and Counterfeeding
Author:  Darya Kavitskaya
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonology

Summary:   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/2005/03/27/counterpunch-2/ ).

Darya Kavitskaya and Peter Staroverov

LL Issue: 20.194
Date Posted: 21-Jan-2009
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