Is Yucatec Maya an omnipredicative language? Predication, the copula and focus constructions

Is Yucatec Maya an omnipredicative language? Predication, the copula and focus constructions Abstract In this article, we examine the omnipredicativity hypothesis (LAUNEY 1994, 2004) in the context of Yucatec Maya. The hypothesis implies three requirements: 1) most words are predicative, 2) the focus of a sentence is its main predicate, 3) arguments are subordinate predicates of the main predicate. Based on the analysis of the personal indexation patterns, morphosyntactic and semantic properties of non-verbal predicates, the use of the existential yàan and various focus constructions, we provide evidence supporting that requirements 1 and 2 apply to Yucatec. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png STUF - Language Typology and Universals de Gruyter

Is Yucatec Maya an omnipredicative language? Predication, the copula and focus constructions

STUF - Language Typology and Universals, Volume 66 (1) – Apr 1, 2013

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Abstract In this article, we examine the omnipredicativity hypothesis (LAUNEY 1994, 2004) in the context of Yucatec Maya. The hypothesis implies three requirements: 1) most words are predicative, 2) the focus of a sentence is its main predicate, 3) arguments are subordinate predicates of the main predicate. Based on the analysis of the personal indexation patterns, morphosyntactic and semantic properties of non-verbal predicates, the use of the existential yàan and various focus constructions, we provide evidence supporting that requirements 1 and 2 apply to Yucatec.

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