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Nonverbal PredicationCopular Sentences at the Syntax-Semantics Interface$
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Isabelle Roy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543540.001.0001

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Internal Syntax Of Nonverbal Predicates

Internal Syntax Of Nonverbal Predicates

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(p.91) 4 Internal Syntax Of Nonverbal Predicates
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Nonverbal Predication
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Isabelle Roy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543540.003.0004

This chapter deals with the internal structure of nonverbal predicates and argues specifically that maximality is associated with the projection of a Number Phrase, whereas density is associated with the projection of a Classifier Phrase, building in part on Borer (2005). The evidence presented supports a very strong correlation between semantics and syntax. All differences between the three types of predicates (i.e., defining, characterizing, and situation-descriptive) are reducible to the differences in their respective internal structure: defining predicates are interpreted as maximal and structurally NumPs; characterizing predicates are interpreted as non-dense and structurally ClPs; while situation-descriptive predicates are dense and structurally devoid of either a Num or Cl projection.

Keywords:   syntax, number, classifier, dense, non-dense, maximal, predicate structure, syntax-semantics interface

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