The syntax of copular constructions in Mauritian - HAL-SHS - Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société Access content directly
Conference Papers Year : 2007

The syntax of copular constructions in Mauritian


This paper examines the syntactic behavior of the Mauritian copula in predicative and extracted sentences. As it is the case in many languages, the Mauritian copula ete is absent in certain constructions: It only appears in extraction contexts. Our aim is to show that the postulation of a null copula, which has been proposed in various analyses, is inadequate for the Mauritian data. The phenomenon, as it is argued, rather lends itself to a strictly construction-based analysis within the framework of HPSG and is based on the distribution of weak pronouns and TAM markers.



Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
henri-abeille.pdf (83.73 Ko) Télécharger le fichier
Origin : Files produced by the author(s)

Dates and versions

halshs-00751122 , version 1 (18-11-2012)


  • HAL Id : halshs-00751122 , version 1


Fabiola Henri, Anne Abeillé. The syntax of copular constructions in Mauritian. 14th Conference on HPSG, 2007, Stanford, United States. pp.130-149. ⟨halshs-00751122⟩
151 View
281 Download


Gmail Facebook Twitter LinkedIn More