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Linguistic Inquiry

Spring 2005, Vol. 36, No. 2, Pages 195-222
(doi: 10.1162/0024389053710710)
© 2005 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Unexpected Plural Inflections in Spanish: Reduplication and Metathesis
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We examine the puzzling displacement in various Spanish dialects of a plural suffix from a verb where it is motivated semantically, syntactically, and morphologically onto a following clitic. We present previously unreported data and a new analysis of this material that succeeds where earlier efforts fail to provide a unified account of related phenomena. Our solution, which employs recent work on reduplication and metathesis, allows us to account for seemingly disparate phenomena as special cases of a single general framework and demonstrates that these operations are more versatile than previously thought. Directions for future research are indicated.