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What is an existential marker?

 

Definition
 

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.’
    Source:

    Schachter 1985 57

  • Generic
      An existential marker is a kind of
     
    See also
     
    Sources
     

    Schachter 1985 57

     

    Crystal 1980 114


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