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Title: Nominal predication and focus anchoring
Authors: Tang, SW
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Source: ZAS papers in linguistics, 2001, v. 22, p. 159-172 How to cite?
Journal: ZAS papers in linguistics 
Abstract: It will be shown that verbs can be missing in predicative sentences by using the data from Chinese. Copula-less sentences in Chinese are subject to 'Generalized Anchoring Principle' (GAP), which requires that every clause be anchored at the interface for LF convergence. To satisfy GAP, clauses may be either tensed or focused. It is shown that copula-less sentences in Chinese are subject to focus anchoring. It will be further argued that whether a verb is needed in predication depends on the syntax of predicate nominals.
ISSN: 1435-9588
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