A Note on Predication in Tagalog

Llamzon, Teodoro
July 1966
Philippine Sociological Review;Jul66, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p150
Academic Journal
The article presents information on Tagalog,. the ethnic group that is indigenous to the surrounding region of Philippines. There are three types of syntactic relations in Tagalog namely attribution, predication and the serial relation. Tagalog clauses are divided into two main types, Minor Clauses, which are either exclamatory, or zero anaphora, partial sentences which occur in answers to questions and second Major Clauses, which are classified according to predication types. The various positions of the Tagalog are firstly Loosely joined, in this position occur only attributes of a predicate, and they either precede the rest of the sentence with ay, y, or follow at the end of the sentence. Secondly closely joined, the attribute immediately precedes or follows that modified. Thirdly, Enclitic, they follow immediately on the first word of the expression modified, counting closely joined attributes, but not loosely joined. It seems necessary to seek a new grammatical category which will adequately describe the Tagalog phenomenon. Such a category should express the syntactic relation not of mutual dependence nor determination , but rather of constellation.


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