Innu-aimun plurality

Carrie Gillon

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There is an ongoing debate about the syntax and semantics of plurality. On one end of the spectrum, Borer and Ouwayda (2010) argue that all (true) plurality resides in Div and provides atomic structure to the noun; any other non-Div plurality does not provide any semantic content. On the other end, Butler (2012) argues that plurality can occur in multiple positions (including adjoined to DP), and each may be associated with different semantics. Intermediate positions suggest that there are two or three different types of plural that occupy different positions (. Acquaviva, 2008; Harbour, 2008, 2011; Alexiadou, 2010; Mathieu, 2012a,b, 2013, 2014). In this paper, I show that there are two different types of plural in Innu-aimun (Algonquian): a counting plural (following Mathieu, 2013, 2014) and a lexical plural (following Acquaviva, 2008; Alexiadou, 2010).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-148
Number of pages21
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Algonquian
  • Count
  • Lexical plural
  • Mass
  • Plurality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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