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Title The grammar of copulas across languages / edited by María J. Arche, Antonio Fábregas, and Rafael Marín
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource
Series Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics ; 73
Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics ; 73.
Contents Cover; The Grammar of Copulas Across Languages; Copyright; Contents; General preface; List of abbreviations; The contributors; 1: Main questions in the study of copulas: Categories, structures, and operations; 1.1 Introduction: why copulas?; 1.2 Main facts about copulas; 1.2.1 The behavior of copulas; 1.2.2 Types of copular sentences; 1.2.3 Languages with multiple copulas; 1.2.4 Copulas beyond copular sentences; Copulas and information structure: clefting; Passives; 1.3 Main theoretical debates about copulas; 1.3.1 The nature of the copula; Copulas above vP Copulas as (light) verbs1.3.1.3 Copulas lower than vPs; 1.3.2 The nature of copular structures; 1.4 The proposals in this volume; 1.4.1 Copulas as formal support elements; 1.4.2 Copulas and agreement; 1.4.3 Copulas as part of different constructions; 1.5 Concluding remarks; Acknowledgments; 2: Copulas and light verbs as spellouts of argument structure: Evidence from Dene languages; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Light verbs; 2.3 Copulas as light verbs; 2.4 DO 1; 2.5 DO 2; 2.6 Conclusions and implications; Acknowledgments; 3: The support copula in the left periphery; 3.1 Introduction
3.2 Amalgam specificational copular sentences3.2.1 Specificational copular sentences; 3.2.2 The ASC construction puzzle; 3.3 ASC sentences are T(ense)less; 3.3.1 Semantic evidence: Tense form is fake; Tense forms in specificational sentences; Tense in embedded specificationals; Tense interpretation experiment; Results and discussion; 3.3.2 Syntactic evidence: Tense domain is absent; 3.3.3 Summary; 3.4 The copula as morphological support; 3.4.1 Inflection in the left periphery; Inflected copula insertion in Fin; Inflected copula insertion in Top
3.4.2 Be and is are both inflectional copulas3.4.2.1 Why be?; Modal + be in the left periphery; 3.4.3 Implications for clause structure; 3.5 Conclusion; Acknowledgments; 4: The copula as a nominative Case marker; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 The grammatical category of /-I/ in Korean; 4.2.1 Previous approaches; 4.2.2 /-I/ as a nominative Case marker; The complement of /-I/ as a Case-assignable constituent; Negative sentences; Compatibility with Delimiters; 4.3 Apparent counterexamples; 4.3.1 Morpho-phonological differences
4.3.2 Non-nominal constituents co-occurring with /-I/4.4 Thematic structures of copular constructions; 4.5 Conclusion; Acknowledgments; 5: Number matching in binominal small clauses; 5.1 Distribution of NMR; 5.1.1 The distribution of NMR is not a pragmatic effect; 5.1.2 On the relation between NMR and copular clause structure; 5.2 Merge Concord; 5.3 Modeling the distribution of NMR using Merge Concord; 5.3.1 Deriving NMR; 5.3.2 Deriving the absence of NMR; 5.4 Merge Concord vs. nominal concord; 5.5 Conclusion; Acknowledgments; 6: Agreement with the post-verbal DP in Polish dual copula clauses
Summary This volume presents a crosslinguistic survey of the current theoretical debates around copular constructions from a generative perspective. The chapters combine the study of empirical data with theoretical analyses and shed light on key issues such as agreement, the nature of grammatical categories, and nominal predicates in syntax and semantics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 5, 2019)
Subject Grammar, Comparative and general -- Copula.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Grammar & Punctuation.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- Syntax.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Copula.
Form Electronic book
Author Arche, María J., editor.
Fábregas, Antonio, editor.
Marín, R. (Rafael), editor.
ISBN 9780192565426