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Some arguments against some prevalent ideas on specificational sentences

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Joana Rosselló

Universitat de Barcelona
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Abstract

Copular sentences where the copula is flanked by two DPs fall into two types: predicational or ascriptive (John is the physician) and specificational (The physician is John), to use the most widely accepted terms. However, according to the dominant view in the generative transformational framework, this divide, to some extent, is spurious since underlyingly specificational sentences would be predicational. Contrary to this position, I argue that the partition is real, irreducible, and syntactically-based. With this goal in mind, I discuss and reinterpret some well known data and present some new ones.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.130
How to Cite: Rosselló, J. (2008). Some arguments against some prevalent ideas on specificational sentences. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 7(2), 109–130. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.130
Published on 31 Dec 2008.
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