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STUF - Language Typology and Universals

Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung

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Volume 66, Issue 1


Is Yucatec Maya an omnipredicative language? Predication, the copula and focus constructions

Valentina Vapnarsky
Published Online: 2013-04-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/stuf.2013.0004


In this article, we examine the omnipredicativity hypothesis (LAUNEY 1994, 2004) in the context of Yucatec Maya. The hypothesis implies three requirements: 1) most words are predicative, 2) the focus of a sentence is its main predicate, 3) arguments are subordinate predicates of the main predicate. Based on the analysis of the personal indexation patterns, morphosyntactic and semantic properties of non-verbal predicates, the use of the existential yàan and various focus constructions, we provide evidence supporting that requirements 1 and 2 apply to Yucatec.

Keywords: omnipredicativity; Yucatec Maya; predication; copula; focus

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Published Online: 2013-04-09

Published in Print: 2013-04-01

Citation Information: STUF - Language Typology and Universals Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung, Volume 66, Issue 1, Pages 40–86, ISSN (Print) 1867-8319, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/stuf.2013.0004.

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