Copular Constructions in Lithuanian

| Vilnius University
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The fourth volume in the VARGReB series presents an in-depth investigation of Lithuanian copular constructions from the viewpoint of Cognitive Grammar. Apart from the fundamental problems of the ontology and taxonomy of copular sentences, the author also discusses a number of more specific questions on which the Lithuanian data, contrasted with those of English and other languages hitherto dealt with in the literature, can shed an interesting light, such as the nature and distinctive features of specificationals, the problem of subjecthood in this subtype of copular constructions, the aspectual semantics of copular sentences, etc. The attention given to the grammatical context of copular constructions and the multifarious relationships linking them to other construction types enhances the book’s relevance to the field of Lithuanian studies, whereas the dialogue and confrontation between the Cognitive perspective adopted by the author and the more formal approaches hitherto applied to the problem of copular sentences will add to its interest for the general reader.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgement
ix
List of abbreviations
xi
Preface
xiii
Introduction
1
Part I. Copular constructions and their grammatical context
chapter 1. Difficulties encountered in the syntactic analysis of constructions with the verb būti 'be'
19
chapter 2. Semantic properties of the verb būti ('be')
27
chapter 3. Types of copular constructions
55
chapter 4. Peripheral cases of copular constructions
83
chapter 5. Final remarks: Common ontology and functional differentiation
91
Part II. Specificational copular constructions
chapter 6. The 'inverted' type of copular constructions: Its specificity and place in the classification of copular constructions
97
chapter 7. Pseudoclefts – a variety of specificational copular sentences
115
chapter 8. The problem of subject assignment in the specificational copular construction
133
chapter 9. Final remarks
169
Part III. The expression of aspect in copular constructions
chapter 10. Overview of basic issues
175
chapter 11. The role of morphosyntactic encoding in aspectual expression in copular constructions
193
chapter 12. Expression of aspect in different types of copular constructions
213
chapter 13. Final remarks
253
General conclusions
257
Bibliography
265
Index
273
“This book is a recommendable read for any linguist interested in Cognitive Grammar approaches to clause structure. It presents an insightful account of the structure and semantics of Lithuanian copular constructions and their relation with existential, possessive and locative construction types. The author also addresses a number of more general questions concerning grammatical subjects, predicative nominals, copulas, and case marking, against the fascinating background of Lithuanian grammar.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF/2AJB – Linguistics/Baltic languages
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017015074