Copulas: Universals in the Categorization of the Lexicon by Regina Pustet

By Regina Pustet

Copulas (in English, the verb to be) are conventionally outlined functionally as a way of concerning components of clause constitution, specifically topic and supplement, and regarded to be semantically empty or meaningless. Dr Pustet provides an research of grammatical descriptions of over a hundred and sixty languages drawn from the language households of the area. She exhibits that a few languages have a unmarried copula, others a number of, and a few none in any respect. She hyperlinks the distribution of copulas to adaptations in lexical categorization and syntactic constitution. She advances a entire thought of copularization which she pertains to language type and to theories of language swap, particularly grammaticalization.

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