Re: copula-less sentences (fwd)

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by way of Farrell Ackerman (kathol@socrates.berkeley.edu)
Tue, 13 Oct 1998 13:33:19 -0700


>Thus sentences are either [HEAD pred] >(copulaless) or [HEAD verb]. steve, if the generalization expressed above is true, shouldn't one try to motivate (or shouldn't the theory reflect) why there is a disjunction precisely between the head feature values `pred' versus `verb'? are such values (which on the face of it seem like two different types, namely, a lexical category label versus a function of lexical categories within a syntactic context) expected/permitted to enter into such disjunctive statements? are there constraints within the theory on what sorts of values can enter into such disjunctive statements? isn't it relevant that the lexical category V generally functions cross-linguistically as a quintessential predicator? if so, mightn't it be the case that sentences are always [head pred] (to use your formulation), while their surface exponence is determined on a language particular basis, with due attention to cross-linguistic markedness conditions as well as systemic properties of particular grammars as both determining such surface exponence? intrigued, farrell


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