Article published in:Austronesian and Theoretical Linguistics
Edited by Raphael Mercado, Eric Potsdam and Lisa deMena Travis
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 167] 2010
► pp. 297–326
The impersonal construction in Tagalog
This paper argues that the impersonal construction in Tagalog, in which a formally invariant predicate may/mayroon ‘exist/have’ is followed by a thematic predicate, is structurally related to the existential construction and the possessive construction both employing the same predicate may/mayroon. A variety of different facts including interpretation, NP distribution, patterns of argument-marking, word-order, pluralization, multiple occurrence of adverbials, long-distance construal of adverbs, locality and extraction are shown to follow from the analysis.
Published online: 09 December 2010