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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

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

Isabelle Roy

Oxford University Press

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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