Competing plural markers in Puerto Rican Spanish

Luis Flores, John Myhill, Fernando Tarallo

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This paper investigates possible competing plural markers in Puerto Rican Spanish, a topic suggested by Poplack's (1979) discussion of the development of plural marking in the Romance languages. Markers of plurality in NPs in our data were concentrated in the determiners; masculine plural determiners and nouns were found to be more likely than their feminine counterparts to lack the plural /s/ inflection. We propose that the /o/ in the masculine determiners los, estos, esos, unos, and aquellos is beginning to take over as the marker of plurality; this is why other plural markers are more likely to be deleted when there is a masculine determiner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-908
Number of pages12
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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