Person in the English Verb: the Problem of -s

Patrick Duffley

Abstract


When one thinks of the -5 ending in English, the first use that comes to mind is probably that in which it expresses the notion of plurality. However the -5 morph is also pressed into service for other very different purposes: as a sign of the possessive with the noun, and as a third person singular marker with the verb. It is this latter use which will occupy us
more specifically here.

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