ERIC Number: ED174009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
On Deletion and Disambiguation in Puerto Rican Spanish: A Study of Verbal /n#/. Centro Working Papers No. 3.
Weakening and deletion of syllable-final and word-final phonemes, a phenomenon prevalant in Puerto Rican Spanish, was studied. Two of these phonemes, /s#/ and /n#/ were examined for their capacity as plural markers. Data were collected during a one-year ethnographically-oriented study of a single block in the Puerto Rican community in north Philadelphia. Tape-recorded interviews were conducted with first generation Puerto Ricans over age 21. All were dominant, if not monolingual, speakers of Puerto Rican Spanish, about 33 percent of whom claimed to speak no English at all, although many had lived in Philadelphia for over 20 years. The linguistic interviews were conducted in Puerto Rican Spanish, using an interview schedule adapted to suit the needs of the community. In studying the verbal inflection /n#/, the same sorts of constraints were studied that were found to be operative for the plural inflection /s#/. These study questions were: (1) Did a subject NP accompany the verb in question, and if so, did it precede or follow the verb? (2) Did any additional disambiguating information accompany the verb? (3) Was the type of disambiguating information morphological or nonmorphological? and (4) Did the verb itself contain some morphophonemic change indicative of plurality? (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Centro de Estudios Puertorriguenos.