Specificational subjects are individual concepts
Karlos Arregi, Itamar Francez, Martina Martinovi─ç
November 2019

The literature recognizes a distinction between predicational and specificational copular sentences. The relation between the two and especially the form and interpretation of the latter is a matter of contention. A dominant view in the literature is that specifcational sentences are inverted predicational sentences. This article provides three new arguments against predicate inversion and for an analysis of specificational sentences in terms of predication over individual concepts. A consequence of the analysis is that the syntactic typology of copular constructions is simplified.
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keywords: copular sentences, predication, inversion, individual concepts, specificational clauses, semantics, syntax
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