Copulas: Universals in the Categorization of the Lexicon

Copulas: Universals in the Categorization of the Lexicon

by Regina Pustet



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

"Copulas (in English, the verb to be) are conventionally defined functionally as a means of relating elements of clause structure, especially subject and complement, and considered to be semantically empty or meaningless. Dr Pustet presents an analysis of grammatical descriptions of over 160 languages drawn from the language families of the world. She shows that some languages have a single copula, others several, and some none at all. She links the distribution of copulas to variations in lexical categorization and syntactic structure. She advances a comprehensive theory of copularization which she relates to language classification and to theories of language change, notably grammaticalization."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199281800
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/07/2005
Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory Series
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Regina Pustet, born in 1963, PhD in General Linguistics in 1991 (University of Cologne) is currently teaching at the University of Munich. Her previous research activities focus on various aspects of functional-typological language theory, such as case marking and lexical categorization, and also include descriptive work especially on Native American languages.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Copulas in Current Research
2. Copulas in Cross-Linguistic Perspective
3. Copularization and Lexical Semantics
4. The Multi-Factor Model of Copularization
5. Synopsis

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