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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262042314 | 363 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 2006
Paperback | $34.00 Short | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780262541862 | 363 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 2006
eBook | $23.95 Short | ISBN: 9780262251365 | 363 pp. | January 2006

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Relators and Linkers

The Syntax of Predication, Predicate Inversion, and Copulas

About the Author

Marcel den Dikken is Professor in the Linguistics Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Particles: On the Syntax of Verb-particle, Triadic, and Causative Constructions and The Structure of the Noun Phrase in Rotuman.


“This is den Dikken in top form. Copula constructions and predicate inversion are among the most central and most vexing problems in grammar. Trust den Dikken to defend a theory that is both original and inspiring, controversial and thoroughly argued, far-reaching and broadly documented. Relators and Linkers is a must.”
Henk van Riemsdijk, Models of Grammar Group, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
“Written by one of the leading experts on predicate inversion, this monograph provides a compelling account of a variety of syntactic constructions involving predication. It includes a comprehensive and insightful historical survey of the previous literature on the syntax of predication and copular constructions, and in this respect it would be appropriate for use as a texbook for a graduate seminar on this topic. The study covers a broad range of constructions to free relatives and qualitative binomial NPs, and its cross-linguistic coverage is impressive. The book is a must-read for all scholars interested in the issue of predication, copular constructions, and the linker particles.”
Tim Stowell, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles