Towards a typology of predicative demonstratives

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Killian , D 2022 , ' Towards a typology of predicative demonstratives ' , Linguistic Typology , vol. 26 , no. 1 , pp. 1-41 .

Title: Towards a typology of predicative demonstratives
Author: Killian, Don
Contributor organization: Department of Languages
Date: 2022-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 41
Belongs to series: Linguistic Typology
ISSN: 1430-0532
Abstract: Although there has been growing interest in the study of demonstratives, a number of demonstrative categories remain largely unexplored. This article addresses one gap, presenting a preliminary typological overview of predicative demonstratives, a type of demonstrative used primarily in non-verbal predication constructions. The morphosyntax of predicative demonstratives is first briefly examined, followed by a typological characterization based primarily on semantic and morphosyntactic grounds. Predicative demonstratives focus on the immediately surrounding spatial, temporal, or textual environment of the speech act, showing restrictions on occurring in negated clauses or questions. In terms of lexical categorization, predicative demonstratives most commonly find themselves in a small closed word class of non-verbal predicators. Four types of predicative demonstratives are proposed here: Presentatives, identifiers, localizers, and the rare copular demonstratives.
Subject: copula
non-verbal predication
6121 Languages
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