Article published in:Noun Phrases and Nominalization in Basque: Syntax and semantics
Edited by Urtzi Etxeberria, Ricardo Etxepare and Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 187] 2012
► pp. 179–206
Synchronic ubiquity of the Basque article -a: A look from diachrony
The Basque definite article -a is used in more contexts than the articles in neighboring languages. This extensive use is problematic for synchronic analysis; this article will offer a diachronic perspective of the problem. Non-referential noun phrases (mass nouns and plural expressions in particular) in object position will be analyzed, showing that in old Basque they lacked the definite article; the extensive use of -a/-ak in these contexts in modern Basque will be related to the spread into non-referential expressions of the genitive plural declension mark -en, which shares its diachronic origin with the definite article -a.
Published online: 20 June 2012
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