One of the basic premises of the theory of syntax is that clause structures
can be minimally identified as containing a verb phrase, playing the role
of predicate, and a noun phrase, playing the role of subject. In this study
Andrea Moro identifies a new category of copular sentences, namely inverse
copular sentences, where the predicative noun phrase occupies the position
that is canonically reserved for subjects. In the process, he sheds new
light on such classical issues as the distribution and nature of
expletives, locality theory and cliticization phenomena.