Interpreting ‘be’

  • Ronnie Cann


This paper proposes an approach to the interpretation of copular sentences in English that analyses be as a one-place predicate with underspecified semantic content. The interpretation of a copula clause is determined through the interaction of syntactic and pragmatic processes and depends on the properties of expressions collocated with be and general contextual factors, both local and non-local. Analyses are provided for predicational, specificational and equative sentences using the framework of Dynamic Syntax.
How to Cite
Cann, R. (2019). Interpreting ‘be’. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 7, 95-109.