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linking verb

Linking verbs (also known as copulas or copular verbs) are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. Unlike action verbs (also called dynamic verbs), they connect the subject to the predicate of the clause without expressing any action.
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Logic the often unexpressed link between the subject and predicate terms of a categorial proposition, as are in all men are mortal



an auxiliary grammatical element of a compound predicate having a weakened lexical meaning and serving to express merely grammatical categories of the predicate, the lexical meaning being expressed by a nonconjugated, usually nominal, element. The verb “to be” is used as a copula in many languages. The presence of a copula may be obligatory, as in English and French; optional, as in Russian and Hungarian; determined by the type of nominal predicate, as in Swahili; or determined by the semantic character of the sentence, as in Khmer. Certain verbs besides “to be” can function as copulas; these verbs, which introduce an additional nuance to the meaning of the elements linked by the verb, include the Russian nachinat’ (“to begin”), stanovit’sia (“to become”), and delat’ (“to do,” “to make”).

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The final category, "near synonymy" includes those referent + adjective combinations that do allow both copulas and are said to have the lowest degree of semantic transparency.
The specification above differs from that of Li and Tobias (2008) in that our error distribution is not necessarily Gaussian, and from the switching regression model of Smith (2003), also based on the copula approach, in that the outcome variable (y) is not continuous but ordinal.
The use of the verbs as copulas was fairly easy for learners, though not as easy as it was expected.
M-2], e a copula e inserida imediatamente antes do predicado, que, por nao ter funcao semantica, posiciona- se em [P.
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It has been known for some time that posturals develop into copulas and for many languages this could have meant a shift from the small set type to a single verb type.
It is worth noting that copulas are not the sole way to construct multivariate distributions with prespecified marginals.
It is possible that this is Russian influence (Russian has a zero copula in the present tense), but note that other Chukchi copulas are not usually omitted.
The pattern with verb fronting is most frequent with copulas, with other auxiliaries next in line.
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Applying copulas to the analysis of spatial dependence is challenging because of the high dimensionality of the problem.