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The impersonal construction in Tagalog

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Abstract

This paper argues that the impersonal construction in Tagalog, in which a formally invariant predicate <i>may/mayroon</i> &#8216;exist/have&#8217; is followed by a thematic predicate, is structurally related to the existential construction and the possessive construction both employing the same predicate <i>may/mayroon</i>. A variety of different facts including interpretation, NP distribution, patterns of argument-marking, word-order, pluralization, multiple occurrence of adverbials, long-distance construal of adverbs, locality and extraction are shown to follow from the analysis.

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