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The Raising of Predicates : Predicative Noun Phrases and the Theory of Clause Structure - Andrea Moro

The Raising of Predicates

Predicative Noun Phrases and the Theory of Clause Structure

Hardcover Published: 13th January 1997
ISBN: 9780521562331
Number Of Pages: 332

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One of the basic premises of the theory of syntax is that clause structures can be minimally identified as containing a verb phrase, playing the role of predicate, and a noun phrase, playing the role of subject. In this study Andrea Moro identifies a new category of copular sentences, namely inverse copular sentences, where the predicative noun phrase occupies the position that is canonically reserved for subjects. In the process, he sheds new light on such classical issues as the distribution and nature of expletives, locality theory and cliticization phenomena.

'... an illuminating theory of predicate nominal and other copular constructions.' Noam Chomsky

Introduction: four apparently unrelated empirical domains
The anomaly of copular sentences: the raising of predicates
The syntax of ci
Are there parameters in semantics? The defining properties of existential sentences
The 'quasi-copula': on the role of finite clauses in seem-sentences
A view beyond: unaccusativity as an epiphenomenon
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ISBN: 9780521562331
ISBN-10: 0521562333
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 13th January 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66

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