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. 243–266
Predication markers in Basque
In this paper I give a new account of the nature and distribution of the suffix -a(k) that occurs with individual-level predicate nouns and adjectives in Basque. I first critically go through previous analyses that take this affix – which is homophonous of the Basque definite article – to be either number agreement or a non-referential determiner, and then argue that the affix -a(k) on nominal predicates with a predicative reading is a pronominal-like predication marker. This proposal does not encounter the problems other proposals have to face, and helps us explain why this suffix only combines with individual-level nominal predicates, and is absent in stage-level predicates.
Published online: 20 June 2012
Cited by 3 other publications
Fernández, Beatriz & Milan Rezac
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