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Nonverbal Predication: Copular Sentences at the Syntax-Semantics Interface - Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 45 (Hardback)
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Nonverbal Predication: Copular Sentences at the Syntax-Semantics Interface - Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 45 (Hardback)

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This book considers the syntax and semantics of non-verbal predicates (i.e., nominal, adjectival and prepositional predicates) in copular sentences. Isabelle Roy explores how a single structure for predication can account for the different interpretations of non-verbal predicates. The book departs from earlier studies by arguing in favor of a ternary distinction between defining / characterizing / situation-descriptive predicates rather than the more common stage-level/individual distinction. The distinction is based on two semantic criteria, namely maximality (i.e., whether the predicate describes an eventuality that has spatio-temporal properties or not) and density (i.e. whether the spatio-temporal properties are perceived as atomic or not). The author argues in favor of a strong correlation between the semantics properties of predicates and their internal syntactic structure. Her analysis accounts for seemingly unrelated cross-linguistic data: the indefinite article in French, the distribution of the two copulas 'ser'/'estar' in Spanish, and case marking on Russian predicates.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199543540
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 514 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 21 mm


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This monograph tackles a very difficult topic, predicative copular sentences, in such a way as to make longstanding linguistic problems look fairly straightforward ... well-designed, carefully organized, and thorough. * Lorie Heggie, Linguist List *
Its (the book) fairly comprehensive scope and the overall good balance between technical detail and accessibility make it an important reference source not only for specialists but also for students. * Journal of Linguistic *

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