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Abstract

The issue of predication is the central theme of all linguistic theories i.e. all the languages of the world have predicating elements through which communication and related propositions form. What these languages differ in is the way different elements or classes of words are used to predicate a sentence or a clause. Verbs are the most frequent and widely known predicating elements and as a matter of fact, and as Napoli (1989) maintains, developments in modern linguistics have recently allowed questions regarding the deeper levels of the nature of predication. Issues such as the status of multiple and complex predicates (CP) or nuclear junctures (NJ) in a single clause are of much interest in linguistic theories dealing with predication since in these constructions nouns, adverbs, or adjectives can also play a predicating role in combination with the verbal elements which are sometimes referred to as ‘light verbs’.

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