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What is a marker?

 

Definition
 

A marker is a lexical item that signals a morphosyntactic operation.

Examples (English)
 
  • The suffix -s added to a noun signals plurality, as in the following example:

    three hats

  • The suffix -s added to a verb signals third person, singular, present tense, as in the following example:

    he sees

Source
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 132


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