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Spanish Pseudoplurals: Phonological Cues in the Acquisition of a Syntax-Morphology Mismatch<sup>*</sup>

Ricardo Bermúdez-otero

in Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

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Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264102
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734380 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264102.003.0010

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 145

Spanish Pseudoplurals: Phonological Cues in the Acquisition of a Syntax-Morphology Mismatch*

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This chapter discusses Spanish pseudoplurals. It begins by presenting evidence for distinguishing between pseudoplural nouns and non-pseudoplural nouns with athematic stems in /s/. Some misconceptions about athematic stems in /s/ are clarified in the next section. The chapter then charts the acquisition path that shows Spanish learners the contrast between pseudoplural nouns and non-deponent nouns with athematic stems in /s/. The last section of the chapter is devoted to a survey of the general implications of the findings.

Keywords: Spanish pseudoplurals; pseudoplural nouns; athematic stems; misconceptions; acquisition path

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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