Cognitive, Social, and Individual Constraints on Linguistic by Jeroen Claes

By Jeroen Claes

The current quantity attempts to reply to the query: What constrains morphosyntactic edition? via studying the variable contract of presentational haber (´there to be`) in Caribbean Spanish with complicated statistical instruments and theoretical constructs of Cognitive Sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and variationist sociolinguistics, it proposes an cutting edge theoretical version of the restrictions that govern morphosyntactic version.

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36: Conditional inference tree model showing the interaction of linguistic predictors and the Havana university graduates List of tables Tab. 1: Presentational haber pluralization in the corpus of the Project for the coordinated study of the educated norms of the most important Latin American cities Tab. 2: Linguistic predictors considered by Díaz-Campos (2003) Tab. 3: Linguistic predictors considered by D’Aquino-Ruiz (2004) Tab. 4: Linguistic predictors considered by Freites-Barros (2008) Tab.

Part B will be concerned with the way the statistical results obtained for Havana, Santo Domingo, and San Juan portray the main hypothesis of this book and the hypotheses of Chapter 4. Particularly, Chapter 7 will investigate whether the patterns of covariation with linguistic predictors support that the alternation is conditioned by cognitive constraints. Subsequently, Chapter 8 will try to establish with which social groups the frequent use of agreeing or non-agreeing presentational haber is associated and whether this motivates seeing the variation as an ongoing linguistic change.

However, the agreeing preterit form hubieron is considered correct by less than 50% of the students (46%, N=62/135 students). ”4 This is confirmed by Alba (2004: 323), who reports that 53% (N=73/138 students) of his sample of university students consider this form to be correct. These data appear to warrant the conclusion that, contrary to the stigma that rests upon hubieron in, for example, Venezuela (Malaver 1999; Freites-Barros 2003, 2004), the majority of the Dominicans is firmly convinced of the normative correctness of agreeing presentational haber (Alba 2004: 28).

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