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By Regina Pustet

Copulas (in English, the verb to be) are conventionally outlined functionally as a method of touching on components of clause constitution, specially topic and supplement, and regarded to be semantically empty or meaningless. Dr Pustet provides an research of grammatical descriptions of over one hundred sixty languages drawn from the language households of the realm. She indicates that a few languages have a unmarried copula, others numerous, and a few none in any respect. She hyperlinks the distribution of copulas to diversifications in lexical categorization and syntactic constitution. She advances a accomplished thought of copularization which she pertains to language class and to theories of language switch, significantly grammaticalization.

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