Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

3. Cross-level Interactions in Harmonic Serialism

Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism - John J. McCarthy

John J. McCarthy [+-]
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
John J. McCarthy is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Graduate School, and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Hidden Generalizations: Phonological Opacity in Optimality Theory (Equinox 2007).
Joe Pater [+-]
University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Joe Pater is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is co-editor (with J. Lidz and W. Snyder) of Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics (forthcoming).
Kathryn Pruitt [+-]
Arizona State University
Kathryn Pruitt is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. She received her PhD from UMass Amherst in 2012. She specializes in phonological theory with emphasis on metrical structure and stress typology.

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Cross-level interactions are phonological processes that make reference to multiple levels of the prosodic hierarchy, such as vowel shortening in the weak position of a foot. Cross-level interactions figure in most arguments for parallelism in Optimality Theory. This chapter demonstrates with several case studies how cross-level interactions can be analyzed in Harmonic Serialism. The key insight is that the relevant constraints may be violated in the course of the derivation, even if they are obeyed in underlying and surface forms. Cross-level interactions require parallelism only if constraints are inviolable, but that is inconsistent with a fundamental premise of Harmonic Serialism and every other version of Optimality Theory. The problems that cross-level interactions pose for serial theories with inviolable constraints are demonstrated through a review of their treatment in pre-OT constraints and repairs theories.

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McCarthy, John J. ; Pater, Joe ; Pruitt, Kathryn. 3. Cross-level Interactions in Harmonic Serialism. Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 88-138 Sep 2016. ISBN 9781845531492. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24940. Date accessed: 18 Jan 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24940. Sep 2016

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