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.


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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) ( (Accessed December 10, 2023.)