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Predicate Complement Clauses

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A well-established and -recognised type of Earlier Egyptian nominal sentences, or 'sentences with nominal predicate', is constructions in which complete verbal, pseudo-verbal or adverbial clauses are embedded as predicate complements. Also semantically, Earlier Egyptian nominal sentences seem to have their own definable typology that differs from adjectival, adverbial and verbal predication. This chapter seeks to show that rather than being a 'closed' grammatical category, the Earlier Egyptian nominal sentence is more correctly described as a semantic-pragmatic and morphosyntactic continuum with verbal, pseudo-verbal and even adverbial sentences. The subject of the propositions is portrayed as the sole referent to which the predicate applies, and becomes a recipient of additional pragmatic prominence and focus in the overall proposition: Like the future cleft sentence, bipartite nominal sentences with clausal complements of pw represent concrete manifestations of the phenomenon of merging of Earlier Egyptian grammatical categories.

Keywords: Earlier Egyptian nominal sentence; predicate complement clauses; proposition

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