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Specification and inversion: Evidence from Malagasy
Austronesian and theoretical linguistics (2010)
  • Ileana Paul, The University of Western Ontario
This paper analyzes specificational sentences in Malagasy and shows that such sentences involve obligatory inversion, marked by the topic particle dia. I argue that the topicalized element is a small clause predicate that inverts with its subject. Two competing analyses of this inversion are compared and contrasted. I conclude with a brief comparison of Malagasy and Tagalog.
  • specification,
  • inversion,
  • topicalization
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Ileana Paul. "Specification and inversion: Evidence from Malagasy" Austronesian and theoretical linguistics (2010)
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