The complexities of the Welsh copula
The Welsh copula has a complex set of forms reflecting agreement, tense, polarity, the distinction between main and complement clauses, the presence of a gap as subject or complement, and the contrast between predicative and equative interpretations. An HPSG analysis of the full set of complexities is possible given a principle of blocking, whereby constraints with more specific antecedents take precedence over constraints with less specific antecedents, and a distinction between morphosyntactic features relevant to syntax and morphosyntactic features relevant to morphology.
How to Cite
Borsley, Bob. 2019. The complexities of the Welsh copula. Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 5–25. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2019.1) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/864) (Accessed March 28, 2023.)