Copular verbs out of motion verbs: a comparative analysis of French and Dutch copular systems and processes of copularization

01 October 2014 → 30 September 2019
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Linguistics
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Other languages and literary studies
semi-copulas motion verbs English French Dutch Comparative Quantitative Language and text analysis Linguistics
Project description

This project aims to study change-of-state semi-copulas, originating from verbs that express physical motion, in a Romance (French) and a Germanic (Dutch) language. The architecture of semi-copulas in both languages (cf. Construction Grammar) and the historical process(es) involved in the creation of semi-copulas (cf. Grammaticalization) are to be compared in the light of the general evolutionary path “motion > change-of-state”.