Predication markers in Basque

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In this paper I give a new account of the nature and distribution of the suffix <i>-a(k)</i> that occurs with individual-level predicate nouns and adjectives in Basque. I first critically go through previous analyses that take this affix &#8211; which is homophonous of the Basque definite article &#8211; to be either number agreement or a non-referential determiner, and then argue that the affix <i>-a(k)</i> 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.


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