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Copulas: Universals in the Categorization of the Lexicon

Regina Pustet

Abstract

Copulas (in English, the verb to be) are conventionally defined functionally as a means of relating elements of clause structure, especially subject and complement, and considered to be semantically empty or meaningless. They have received relatively little attention from linguists. This book goes some way towards correcting this neglect. In doing so it takes issue with both accepted definition and description. The book presents an analysis of grammatical descriptions of more than 160 languages drawn from the language families of the world. The book shows that some languages have a single copu ... More

Keywords: copulas, languages, lexical categorization, syntactic structure, grammaticalization, copularization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258505.001.0001

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Regina Pustet, author
University of Munich
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