Language contact and morphological competition : Plurals in central Sicily

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Cruschina , S 2021 , ' Language contact and morphological competition : Plurals in central Sicily ' , Word Structure , vol. 14 , no. 2 , pp. 174-194 . https://doi.org/10.3366/word.2021.0186

Title: Language contact and morphological competition : Plurals in central Sicily
Author: Cruschina, Silvio
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Languages
Date: 2021-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Word Structure
ISSN: 1750-1245
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332639
Abstract: This paper explores the effects of language contact in the nominal morphology of central Sicilian dialects. In particular, this study is concerned with the contact-induced changes related to the distribution of three plural formatives that give rise to competition between different inflectional classes with respect to a number of lexemes. It is shown that sociolinguistic factors such as speaker age account for the distribution of the competing plural forms and the high degree of variation. As a consequence, a slow and gradual change is leading to the disappearance of the plural form that has no equivalent in the contact language, that is, in Italian.
Subject: 6121 Languages
plural
inflectional class
speaker age
language contact
Sicilian
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