ERIC Number: ED215567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Variable Concord in Sentential Plural Marking. Centro Working Papers 6.
This study examines the interaction between the deletion of the nominal plural marker and the verbal plural marker in Puerto Rican Spanish. It seeks to establish whether: (1) marker deletion in the noun phrase and marker deletion in the verb phrase specifically constrain each other, or (2) the system of local concord noted for the noun phrase extends to the verb phrase as well, or (3) the noun phrase and the verb phrase act independently. In addition, the study investigates whether Spanish plural marking patterns are affected by long-term contact with English. The data consist of 2,426 sentences extracted from the recorded speech of 21 Puerto Rican residents of East Harlem, New York. About half the subjects were judged to be Spanish-dominant, and the others, balanced bilinguals. A variability of plural marking was found in conjunction with a tendency toward concord. It was also found that whether the noun phrase is inflected, uninflected or deleted has little effect on marker deletion from the verb, aside from the tendency toward concord when the noun phrase precedes the verb. With regard to bilinguals, generalization of the deletion rule to environments where its application had been comparatively infrequent was found to have an intra-systemic cause. It was not due to contact with English. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Centro de Estudios Puertorriguenos.
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