, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 233–276

The Structure of Predication

  • Alessandro Lenci

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005068021890

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Lenci, A. Synthese (1998) 114: 233. doi:10.1023/A:1005068021890


The paper discusses the structure of non-verbal predication, with particular reference to the role of the copula. Differently from the main tenets of contemporary logico-philosophical and linguistic theories, a model of predication is proposed where the verbal component (specifically, tense information) is regarded as central in establishing the syntactic and semantic relation between a predicate and its subject. It is thus possible to recover some of the insights of the pre-Fregean analysis of predication. The proposed solution has a number of significant consequences for the structure to be assigned to non-verbal predication, in particular for the semantics of ‘small clause’ constituents, where the predication is established without the copula.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Lenci
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di FilosofiaUniversitá degli Studi di PisaPisa (Italy)