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Object Markers on Intransitive Verbs in Amharic

Reuben Cohn-Gordon
Stanford University
October 13, 2017 - 1:30pm
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)

Amharic exhibits an unusual phenomenon, where what seems to be an object marker can appear on intransitive verbs. I discuss the semantic effects of these markers, and then draw some conjectures as to their syntactic analysis and diachrony, based on Ruth Kramer's analysis of Amharic object markers as doubled clitics.

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