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Double possession in Peruvian Amazonian Spanish

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Abstract

In this study we analyze the phenomenon known as “double possession” in monolingual and bilingual Spanish communities located in the Peruvian Amazon. Our data come from sociolinguistic interviews conducted with bilingual Bora-Spanish speakers and monolingual Iquitos Spanish speakers. From a syntactic view, we claim that double possessor constructions in Peruvian Amazonian Spanish arise from small-n incorporation into D, rendering the possessive determiner. We explore the extent to which this movement is motivated by language contact, potentially triggering the remnants of an Old Spanish doubling structure, or an innovation due to the specific contact situation of these communities. Our investigation contributes to theoretical discussions of micro-parametric variation and documents semi-spontaneous speech from a less commonly examined region of the Spanish-speaking world.

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