Stassen makes a major contribution to the study of language typology with Intransitive Predication. Basing his analysis on a sample of 410 languages, he presents a universally applicable model for defining the domain of intransitive predication in natural languages. Intransitive predicates are defined in terms of four domains: events (Sarah is walking), classes (Sarah is a secretary), properties (Sarah is tall), and locations (Sarah is in the garden).
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The Verbal and the Locational Strategy
The Nominal Strategy
The Typology of Intransitive Predication
Nominal and Locational Switching
Multiple Switching and Complex Cases
Adjectives and the Tensedness Parameter
Evaluation and Explanation
The Model of Intransitive Predicate Encoding
B Typological Classification of the Sample
Alphabetical Listing of the Sample
3SG.MASC A-languages Afro-Asiatic Altaic aorist aspect aspectual Austro-Asiatic Austronesian Austronesian languages auxiliary Classical Nahuatl construction contrast Criterion cross-linguistic distinction domain encoding of predicative encoding options encoding strategy event predicates example formal identity statements imperfective implicature indicates Indo-European intransitive predication Kurku lexical linguistic locational predicates locational strategy locative verb M-switching marked merging morphological Munda Munda languages Mundari N-L-switching Niger-Kordofanian Nilo-Saharan nominal encoding nominal strategy non-tensed nonpast nonverbal encoding nonverbal predicate Northern nouny particle pattern perfect perfective aspect periphrastic periphrastic forms PNG-marking predicate categories predicate encoding predicate locationals predicate nominals predicative adjectives predicative verbs prefix present tense property-concept predicates property-concept words prototypical reference sample Scottish Gaelic Section Selkup semantic Semitic sentences stative stem stratification suffix support item switching temporal tense-aspect tensedness universals Tigak Tucker and Bryan Turkic typological unmarked Uto-Aztecan V-N-switching verb forms verbal encoding verbal forms verbal strategy verbal system verby zero copula zero encoding