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Unexpected Plural Inflections in Spanish: Reduplication and Metathesis

James Harris and Morris Halle
Linguistic Inquiry
Vol. 36, No. 2 (Spring, 2005), pp. 195-222
Published by: The MIT Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4179318
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

We examine the puzzling displacement in various Spanish dialects of a plural suffix from a verb where it is motivated semantically, syntactically, and morphologically onto a following clitic. We present previously unreported data and a new analysis of this material that succeeds where earlier efforts fail to provide a unified account of related phenomena. Our solution, which employs recent work on reduplication and metathesis, allows us to account for seemingly disparate phenomena as special cases of a single general framework and demonstrates that these operations are more versatile than previously thought. Directions for future research are indicated.

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