This chapter addresses some of the most important issues in the expression of number in the Romance nominal system. It covers the origin of the plural inflectional endings (particularly ‘sigmatic’ vs ‘vocalic’ endings, and remnants of Latin nominative plural desinences); the fate of the Latin neuter plural endings (with especial attention to the so-called ‘neuter’ or ‘ambigeneric’ nouns of Daco-Romance and Italo-Romance); ‘collective’ plurals in Romansh and their morphological status; root allomorphy and suppletion in plural formation; neutralization of number distinctions (invariance); analogical effects of plurals on singulars (and vice versa).
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.