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The morpho-semantics of number in Brazilian Portuguese bare singulars

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Marcelo Ferreira

Departamento de Linguística, Universidade de Sa˜o Paulo
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Abstract

In this paper, I provide evidence against the idea that bare singulars in Brazilian Portuguese (BP) are morphologically singular but semantically number neuter. I argue instead that they are sometimes specified for number (singular) and sometimes under-specified and that this has semantic consequences. I develop an account according to which whether or not a bare noun can enter a syntactic derivation under-specified for number depends on the functional heads to which it is syntactically related. The conclusion is that, as far as number is concerned, morpho-syntactic specification should NOT be kept apart from semantic interpretation.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.112
How to Cite: Ferreira, M. (2010). The morpho-semantics of number in Brazilian Portuguese bare singulars. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 9(1), 95–116. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.112
Published on 30 Jun 2010.
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