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Deponency and Morphological Mismatches$
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Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown, and Andrew Hippisley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264102

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264102.001.0001

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

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

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(p.231) 10 Spanish Pseudoplurals: Phonological Cues in the Acquisition of a Syntax-Morphology Mismatch*
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Deponency and Morphological Mismatches
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Ricardo Bermúdez-otero

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264102.003.0010

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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