Covered in be's: A mini typological study of nonverbal predicates in the languages of native North America

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Covered in be's: A mini typological study of nonverbal predicates in the languages of native North America

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Covered in be's: A mini typological study of nonverbal predicates in the languages of native North America
Author: Janson, Kirsten
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: existential
native north america
typology
predicate nominal
predicate locative
predicate possessive
Abstract: This is a mini typological study of predicate nominals, predicate adjectives and locative predicates, existentials and possessive predicates in seven native North American languages. This study discusses per language the strategies used for predicate nominals according to the typological overview given in Payne (1997); where adjectives are a separate word class the strategies for predicate adjectives are compared to those for predicate nominals. Lastly, the constructions for locative clauses, existentials, and locative predicates and the relations between them are discussed according to Clark (1978). It was found that some strategy types for predicate nominals were much more common than others and predicate adjectives, where applicable, were usually constructed in the same way. Locative constructions, existentials, and locative predicates were not always formed nonverbally, but a relationship between them was often found.
Supervisor: Crevels, E.I. (Mily)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Taalwetenschap (Bachelor)
Specialisation: BA Descriptive Linguistics
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52274
 

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