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From Number Cycle to Split Plurality and Back in Albanian

Gjorgje Bozhoviq    University of Belgrade, Serbia    

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abstract

Albanian plural morphology is analysed in the paper as split between the Num and n heads. This is shown to result diachronically from a plural-to-singular reanalysis cycle, where splitting the number morphology between Num and n has worked as a competition resolution strategy in Albanian. The system is still in transition, however, and represents a long-lasting state of a dynamic equilibrium.

Published
Dec. 21, 2021
Accepted
Dec. 3, 2021
Submitted
Sept. 13, 2021
Language
EN

Keywords: Reanalysis cycleCompetition resolutionEquilibriumAlbanianSplit numberPlural morphology

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