A note on Basque participles



Argitaratua api 16, 2009
Bill Haddican


This paper develops and extends a unified account of two different guises of participial affixes in Basque suggested in Haddican (2007). The affixes -tu/-i/-n/-Ø are traditionally described as "participial" affixes or perfective markers in view of the fact that on main verb complements of finite auxiliaries, they obligatorily cooccur with a perfective interpretation. Nevertheless, in non-finite embeddings, these affixes do not force perfective interpretation, and instead behave as infinitival markers. It is proposed that the affixes -tu/-i/-n/-Ø are merged as infinitival heads, and that the perfective guise of these elements involves raising of the verb root+-tu/-i/-n/-Ø to a null perfective head. Indirect evidence in favour of this proposal comes from the behaviour of these affixes in central dialects.

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Haddican, Bill. 2009. «A Note on Basque Participles». Anuario Del Seminario De Filología Vasca "Julio De Urquijo" 43 (1-2):423-33. https://doi.org/10.1387/asju.1716.
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