Syntactic and Semantic Variation in Copular Sentences

Insights from Classical Hebrew

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This book presents a novel account of syntactic and semantic variation in copular and existential sentences in Classical Hebrew. Like many languages, the system of Classical Hebrew copular sentences is quite complex, containing zero, pronominal, and verbal forms as well as eventive and inchoative semantics. Approaching this subject from the framework of Distributed Morphology provides an elegant and comprehensive explanation for both the syntactic and semantic variation in these sentences. This book also presents a theoretical model for analyzing copular sentences in other languages included related phenomena– such as pseudo-copulas. It is also a demonstration of what can be gained by applying modern linguistic analyses to dead languages. Citing and building off previous studies on this topic, this book will be of interest to those interested in the theoretical examination of copular and existential sentences and to those interested in Classical Hebrew more specifically.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 261]  Expected July 2020.  xvi, 159 pp.
Publishing status: Printing
Table of Contents
Abbreviations
vii–ix
A note on Hebrew transcription
xi
Acknowledgements
xiii
Preface
xv–xvi
Syntactic and semantic variation in copular sentences: Insights from Classical Hebrew
1–146
Chapter 1. Introduction
3–10
Chapter 2. Non-verbal predication in cross-linguistic and theoretical perspective
11–37
Chapter 3. Non-verbal predication in Classical Hebrew
39–56
Chapter 4. A theory of syntactic and semantic variation in copular sentences with insights from the system of Classical Hebrew
57–93
Chapter 5. The copula in the left-periphery
95–107
Chapter 6. Existentials in Classical Hebrew
109–142
Chapter 7. Conclusions and a way forward for analyzing copular and existential sentences
143–146
References
147–157
Index
159
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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