Nonverbal clause constructions
Martin Haspelmath
April 2022

There are about a dozen well-recognized types of nonverbal clause constructions, but the terminology by which these subtypes are known varies widely. This paper gives an overview of the major types and defines each term carefully, from the perspective of general syntax. For a number of well-established concepts that have no corresponding well-established term, I propose novel terms. There are four major predicational types (classificational, attributional, predlocative and appertentive), and four major nonpredicational types (equational, existential, predpossessive, and hyparctic).
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Reference: lingbuzz/006673
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keywords: nonverbal predication, equational clause, existential clause, syntax
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