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Enhancing Dialogue between Variationist Sociolinguistics and Minimalist Syntax: Plural Agreement in Afro-Bolivian Spanish

Sandro Sessarego

Abstract

This paper analyzes processes of variable number agreement marking in Afro- Bolivian Spanish (ABS) Determiner Phrases (DPs). In line with several sociolinguistic studies of this kind (Guy 1981, Poplack 1979, 1980, Scherre 2001, etc.), this work provides detailed VARBRUL statistical analyses for the cases of plural marking variability found in this dialect. However, differently from traditional sociolinguistic accounts, results are explained by adopting recent minimalist assumptions on agreement and feature valuation processes (Frampton & Gutman 2000). In doing so, the present study attempts to enhance dialogue between variationist sociolinguistic and generative theory.

Published Online: 2015-3-20
Published in Print: 2013-3-1

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