Copulas are not just inflection: Evidence from Tłı̨chǫ Yatıì1

  title={Copulas are not just inflection: Evidence from Tłı̨chǫ Yatı{\`i}1},
  author={Nicholas Welch},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique},
  pages={98 - 106}
  • N. Welch
  • Published 1 March 2016
  • Linguistics
  • Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique
In Tłıc̨hǫ Yatıì (Dene/Athapaskan; aka Dogrib), patterns of copula use appear to undermineMoro’s (1997: 248–261) claim that copulas’only function is to provide a site for the morphological realization of inflection. The aimof this note is to show that copulas in this language are obligatory with all nominal predicates, but occur with adjectival predicates only when either the subject has Φ-features requiring agreement or a marked tense/ aspect/mode (TAM) interpretation is intended. This… 
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