In *Relators and Linkers*, Marcel den Dikken presents a syntax of
predication and the inversion of the predicate around its subject,
emphasizing meaningless elements (elements with no semantic load) that play
an essential role in the establishment and syntactic manipulation of
predication relationships. One such element, the RELATOR, mediates the
relationship between a predicate and its subject in the base representation
of predication structures. A second, the LINKER, connects the predicate to
its subject in Predicate Inversion constructions. Den Dikken argues that
all subject-predicate relationships are syntactically mediated by a RELATOR
and that predication relationships in syntax are configurationally
asymmetrical and non-directional. Discussing the inversion of the predicate
around its subject and the distribution of LINKER elements surfacing
between the inverted predicate and the subject, den Dikken presents an
in-depth analysis of Predicate Inversion from the perspective of the
minimalist theory of locality.
Among the features by which *Relators and Linkers* distinguishes itself
from past studies of predication is a detailed investigation of predication
and Predicate Inversion inside the complex nominal phrase that makes a
carefully documented case for the existence of two types of qualitative
binominal noun phrases, one exploiting a predicate-specifier structure and
the other employing a predicate-complement structure cum Predicate
Inversion. Empirical data includes examples not only from English and Dutch
but also from Hungarian, Hebrew, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin
Chinese, and other languages. Den Dikken's analysis, cast in terms of the
theory of generative grammar, fruitfully brings Chomskyan minimalist
principles to bear on the discussion of predication and Predicate Inversion.
"This is den Dikken in top form. Copula constructions and predicate
inversion are among the most central and most vexing problems in grammar.
Trust den Dikken to defend a theory that is both original and inspiring,
controversial and thoroughly argued, far-reaching and broadly documented.
*Relators and Linkers* is a must."
--Henk van Riemsdijk, Models of Grammar Group, Tilburg University, The