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What is an existential marker?



An existential marker is a word, found in a distinct clause type, which marks a referent's existence.

Example (Spanish)
  • The word hay in the following sentence is an existential marker:

    hay muchos libros en la biblioteca
    EXIST many books in the library
    ‘There are many books in the library.’

    Schachter 1985 57

  • Generic
      An existential marker is a kind of
    See also

    Schachter 1985 57


    Crystal 1980 114

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