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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2003, Vol. 34, No. 3, Pages 325-359
(doi: 10.1162/002438903322247515)
© 2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Predication and Equation
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Abstract

In this article, we argue that a structural distinction between predicational and equative copular clauses is illusory. All semantic predicational relationships are constructed asymmetrically via a syntactic predicational head; differences reduce to whether this head bears an event variable or not. This allows us to maintain a restrictive view of the syntax-semantics interface in the face of apparently recalcitrant data from Scottish Gaelic.