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LINGUIST List 20.1974

Sun May 24 2009

Qs: Edo Copular Particles

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        1.    Ora Matushansky, Edo Copular Particles

Message 1: Edo Copular Particles
Date: 22-May-2009
From: Ora Matushansky <matushanuniv-paris8.fr>
Subject: Edo Copular Particles
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Dear colleagues,

I'm working on non-verbal predication and in particular, the use of
functional items (particles, prepositions, etc.) with non-verbal
predicates, as in the following examples from Welsh (Rouveret 1996:128):

1. Mae Sion yn ddedwydd.
is Siôn PRT happy
Siôn is happy.

2. Y mae Siôn yn feddyg.
PRT is Siôn PRT doctor
Siôn is a doctor.

Among languages claimed to have such a copular particle with adjectival
predicates is Edo (Baker 2003) - moreover, the copular particle is
different for AP and NP predicates.

I'm looking for some native or non-native speakers of and experts on Edo
who would help me answer the following questions (among some more specific
-- What happens in tenses other than the present tense?
-- What happens in secondary predication (e.g., We find Mary _smart_, Sue
came home _drunk_)?
-- Do all APs behave the same in requiring the copular particle?

Any help would be greatly appreciated,


Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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