Sentences (was Re: Polysynthesis & Oligosynthesis)
|From:||Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 25, 2002, 15:13|
>Is the reply "a whole sentence [expressed] with just a verb"? If so,
>why? If not, why not? What's a sentence?
I defined it as "a coherent sequence of words (at least one) whose core
argument is a verb". Now, I'm not sure. What about languages without a
copula? Are their phrases that would include a copula not sentences? What
about languages with a copula? Are their sentences that include copulae
no longer sentences because their equivalents in other languages are not?
I have no answers.