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Complexities of Thai copular constructions

Wongwattana, Unchalee S

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This article presents an analysis of syntactic and pragmatic characteristics of copular constructions in Thai with both elicited data and data taken from naturally occurring texts. In this article, we claim that Thai presents copular-construction complexities. We have found that there are a number of verbs such as pen, jùː, kʰɨː, dâːjkὲː and tɕʰâj functioning as copulas. They not only link subject and non-verbal predicates but also verbal predicates that normally form predicates on their own....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWongwattana, Unchalee S
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-24T00:46:09Z
dc.date.available2015-12-24T00:46:09Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/95200
dc.description.abstractThis article presents an analysis of syntactic and pragmatic characteristics of copular constructions in Thai with both elicited data and data taken from naturally occurring texts. In this article, we claim that Thai presents copular-construction complexities. We have found that there are a number of verbs such as pen, jùː, kʰɨː, dâːjkὲː and tɕʰâj functioning as copulas. They not only link subject and non-verbal predicates but also verbal predicates that normally form predicates on their own. Not all of these copulas can freely carry verbal features to copular clauses. We also illustrate that Thai copular constructions can be best accounted for in terms of pragmatic interpretations. While the copulas pen and jùː are predicational, kʰɨː and dâːjkὲː convey non-predicational readings. The copula dâːjkὲː is a variation of kʰɨː in specificational readings. In contexts other than declarative statements, the copula tɕʰâj is preferable to the others available in COP-NP constructions. In addition, copular omission is allowed in either some clausal structures subject to verbal features or certain pragmatic environments.
dc.publisherAsia-Pacific Linguistics
dc.rightsCopyright vested in the author; Creative Commons Attribution Licence
dc.sourceJournal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS) 8 (2015): 97-120
dc.subjectThai
dc.subjectcopular constructions
dc.subjectsyntactic characteristics
dc.subjectpragmatic interpretations
dc.titleComplexities of Thai copular constructions
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume8
dc.date.issued2015-12
local.publisher.urlhttp://jseals.org
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage97
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage120
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsJournal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS)
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