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Ve as a Second-Position Clitic
Oceanic Linguistics (2001)
  • Ileana Paul, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contrary to previous claims in the literature, it is argued that ve, the yes-no particle in Malagasy, is a second-position clitic. Although ve typically appears at the right edge of the predicate phrase, in sentences with nonstandard word order, it surfaces in second position. Ve is contrasted with other particles that are not second-position clitics but pattern with adverbs. The implications of the placement of ve for analyses of Malagasy clause structure are discussed.
  • Malagasy,
  • Second-position clitic
Publication Date
June, 2001
Publisher Statement
Dr. Ileana Paul is currently a faculty member at The University of Western Ontario.
Citation Information
Ileana Paul. "Ve as a Second-Position Clitic" Oceanic Linguistics Vol. 40 Iss. 1 (2001)
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