Language contact and morphological competition : Plurals in central Sicily

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Languages en Cruschina, Silvio 2021-07-28T08:22:01Z 2021-07-28T08:22:01Z 2021-07
dc.identifier.citation Cruschina , S 2021 , ' Language contact and morphological competition : Plurals in central Sicily ' , Word Structure , vol. 14 , no. 2 , pp. 174-194 . en
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dc.description.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. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.rights en
dc.subject 6121 Languages en
dc.subject plural en
dc.subject inflectional class en
dc.subject speaker age en
dc.subject language contact en
dc.subject Sicilian en
dc.subject NEUTER en
dc.title Language contact and morphological competition : Plurals in central Sicily en
dc.type Article
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