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Main questions in the study of copulas: categories, structures and operations

Main questions in the study of copulas: categories, structures and operations

Arche, María J., Fábregas, Antonio and Marín, Rafael (2019) Main questions in the study of copulas: categories, structures and operations. In: Arche, María J., Fábregas, Antonio and Marín, Rafael, (eds.) The Grammar of Copulas Across Languages. Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics . Oxford University (OUP), Oxford, pp. 1-30. ISBN 978-0198829850

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This volume presents a crosslinguistic survey of the current theoretical debates around copular constructions from a generative perspective. Following an introduction to the main questions surrounding the analysis and categorization of copulas, the chapters address a range of key topics including the existence of more than one copular form in certain languages, the factors determining the presence or absence of a copula, and the morphology of copular forms. The team of expert contributors present new theoretical proposals regarding the formal mechanisms behind the behaviour and patterns observed in copulas in a wide range of typologically diverse languages, including Czech, French, Korean, and languages from the Dene and Bantu families. Their findings have implications beyond the study of copulas and shed more light on issues such as agreement relations, the nature of grammatical categories, and nominal predicates in syntax and semantics.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an edited volume on copular verbs, on which very little literature compiling data from different languages exist. The volume is of critical interest to scholars in Linguistics since they are the perfect testing ground to evaluate a variety of theoretical tools, given their frontier-like categorical nature and the diverse detail existing in the patterns they are part of.
Uncontrolled Keywords: copula, predication, copular sentence, passive, focus, aspect, support
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education (CAROLE)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
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