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Working paper

The Mehweb "assertive" copula gʷa: a sketch of a portrait

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2016. No. 47/LNG/2016.
In this paper, I consider the syntactic property of the Mehweb predicative marker gʷa. This is a particle that serves as a finite predicate, supplementing the auxiliary in periphrastic form - a phenomenon attested in a number of East Caucasian languages. What is less common - or at least less documented - are the rules of how the particle is placed in the clause. The aim of the paper is to show that, while it can be placed, expectedly, after the lexical verb or after the focused constituent, it may also appear on a constituent other than the focus.