Non-Verbal Predication: Copular sentences at the syntax-semantics interface

Hardcover | May 18, 2013

byIsabelle Roy

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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 bookdeparts 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 thepredicate 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' inSpanish, and case marking on Russian predicates.

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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 bookdeparts from earlier studies by arguing in favo...

Isabelle Roy is an Associate Professor at the Unversity of Paris 8. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 2006.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199543542

ISBN - 13:9780199543540

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I Predicational copular sentences at the syntax-semantics interface1. Introduction2. Predication, non-verbal stative predicates and copular sentencesII Meanings and structures3. Meaning and typology of non-verbal predicates4. Internal syntax of non-verbal predicatesIII Further analysis5. The case of the Russian copula6. Spanish multiple 'be'7. Irish multiple 'be' and genericity8. ConclusionReferencesIndex