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The Raising of Predicates
Predicative Noun Phrases and the Theory of Clause Structure

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521024785

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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.

    • The only study which looks specifically at copular and related constructions
    • Identifies a new category of copular sentences
    • Useful appendix traces the history of the copula from its origin up to modern frameworks
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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521024785
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: four apparently unrelated empirical domains
    1. The anomaly of copular sentences: the raising of predicates
    2. The syntax of ci
    3. Are there parameters in semantics? The defining properties of existential sentences
    4. The 'quasi-copula': on the role of finite clauses in seem-sentences
    5. A view beyond: unaccusativity as an epiphenomenon
    Appendix
    Notes
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Andrea Moro, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
    Andrea Moro is Full Professor of General Linguistics at University San Raffaele in Milan and Head of the Interfaculty Graduate Program in Cognitive Neuroscience. His publications include The raising of Predicates (1997), published by Cambridge University Press, and Dynamic Antisymmetry (2000).

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