Floating clitics

Floating clitics - ka drinker= QUESTION is Is he a drinker...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Floating clitics In some languages, clitics can occur with a variety of constituents. Their domain tends to be the constituent they pertain to. Common floating clitics are negatives, question markers, and topic or focus markers for emphasis, etc. Inga (Quechua family, Columbia) 1. kamba tayta yapa=č u bravo ka your father very= QUESTION fierce is ‘Is your father very fierce?’ 2. paykunaka pagahuan-kuna=č u they pay-me= QUESTION ‘Do they pay me?’ 3. upiador=č u
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: ka drinker= QUESTION is Is he a drinker ? 4. kaypi= u rimanua-kuni here= QUESTION speak-we Are we speaking here ? Kannada (Dravidian family, India): Sridhar 1990 1. gandhiy=e: eddu bandante. Gandhi= EMPHATIC got.up came It was a though Gandhi himself got up and came. 2. ka:rinoLagindal=e: kaybi:sidaLu. from.the.cars.interior= EMPHATIC she.waved She waved from inside the car itself ....
View Full Document

Ask a homework question - tutors are online