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Ve as a Second-Position Clitic

Ve as a Second-Position Clitic Squib as a Second-Position Clitic1 Ileana Paul massachusetts institute of technology and unirsité du québec à montréal Contrary to previous claims in the literature, it is argued that , the yes-no particle in Malagasy, is a second-position clitic. Although typically appears at the right edge of the predicate phrase, in sentences with nonstandard word order, it surfaces in second position. is contrasted with other particles that are not second-position clitics but pattern with adrbs. The implications of the placement of for analyses of Malagasy clause structure are discussed. 1. INTRODUCTION TO PARTICLES IN MALAGASY. Keenan (1976) notes that certain particles in Malagasy appear immediately before the subject, which is clause ²nal. Some examples are gin below: the question particle (1a), the exclamati particle anie (1b), and the negati polarity item intsony `any longer' (1c).2 (1) a. Manapaka bozaka Rasoa? AT.cut grass Rasoa `Is Rasoa cutting grass?' b. Manapaka bozaka anie Rasoa! AT.cut grass ex Rasoa `Is Rasoa er cutting grass!' c. Tsy manapaka bozaka intsony Rasoa. neg AT.cut grass npi Rasoa `Rasoa is no longer cutting grass.' Due to the abo distribution, these particles ha been used in the literature on Malagasy as a test for subject-hood and, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Ve as a Second-Position Clitic

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 40 (1) – Jan 6, 2001

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Squib as a Second-Position Clitic1 Ileana Paul massachusetts institute of technology and unirsité du québec à montréal Contrary to previous claims in the literature, it is argued that , the yes-no particle in Malagasy, is a second-position clitic. Although typically appears at the right edge of the predicate phrase, in sentences with nonstandard word order, it surfaces in second position. is contrasted with other particles that are not second-position clitics but pattern with adrbs. The implications of the placement of for analyses of Malagasy clause structure are discussed. 1. INTRODUCTION TO PARTICLES IN MALAGASY. Keenan (1976) notes that certain particles in Malagasy appear immediately before the subject, which is clause ²nal. Some examples are gin below: the question particle (1a), the exclamati particle anie (1b), and the negati polarity item intsony `any longer' (1c).2 (1) a. Manapaka bozaka Rasoa? AT.cut grass Rasoa `Is Rasoa cutting grass?' b. Manapaka bozaka anie Rasoa! AT.cut grass ex Rasoa `Is Rasoa er cutting grass!' c. Tsy manapaka bozaka intsony Rasoa. neg AT.cut grass npi Rasoa `Rasoa is no longer cutting grass.' Due to the abo distribution, these particles ha been used in the literature on Malagasy as a test for subject-hood and,

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 6, 2001

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