Verbless Clauses: Revealing the Structure within
AuthorNORDLINGER, R; Sadler
Source TitleArchitecture, Rules and Preferences: Variations on Themes by Joan Bresnan
University of Melbourne Author/sNordlinger, Rachel
AffiliationLanguages And Linguistics
CitationsNORDLINGER, R; Sadler, Verbless Clauses: Revealing the Structure within, Architecture, Rules and Preferences: Variations on Themes by Joan Bresnan, 2007, 1, pp. 139 - 160
Access StatusOpen Access
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Although very frequent in their occurence across the world's languages, verbless constructions have received relatively little attention in the LFG literature (notable exceptions being Rosén (1996) and a brief discussion in Falk (2004)). In this paper we seek to redress this gap by providing a detailed analysis of verbless constructions in LFG. In particular, we show that the flexibility of the architecture of LFG allows for two possible analyses of these clause types, which we term the 'single-tier' and 'double-tier' analyses. Examination of the morphosyntactic properties of verbless clauses cross-linguistically provide support for these two different models of verbless constructions.
KeywordsLinguistic Structures (incl. Grammar; Phonology; Lexicon; Semantics) ; Languages and Literature
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