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Nonverbal Predication: Copular Sentences at the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Isabelle Roy


This book offers a syntax and a semantics of nonverbal predicates (i.e., nominal, adjectival, and prepositional predicates) in copular sentences. It explores how the different interpretations of nonverbal predicates can be accounted for in a system that maintains a single structure for predication. The book departs 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-level distinction. The distinction is based on two semantic criteria, namely maximality (i.e., whethe ... More

Keywords: copular sentences, nonverbal predication, nouns, adjectives, syntax, semantics, french, modern irish, russian, spanish

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199543540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabelle Roy, author
University Paris 8