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On the Category of Tunisian Object Marking FI

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Other publication (non peer-review)
Author PallottinoMargherita,
Project Selection at the interfaces
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Other publication (non peer-review)

Book On the Category of Tunisian Object Marking FI
Publisher University of Geneva, Geneva Switzerland
DOI 10.13097/z1wb-ckca

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This paper discusses the categorial status and the syntax of the object marker fi in Tunisian Arabic. It shows that this particle, whose presence is mandatory in certain aspectually marked transitive sentences, e.g. progressive contexts, is best analysed as a grammaticalized preposition. The marker is shown to be semantically vacuous but syntactically functional since it retains the Case-licensing function proper of all members of the propositional class.