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This paper proposes an eventive copula in contrast with the stative copula in Taiwanese Southern Min. The eventive copula can be established on syntactic grounds. It can occur in copular small clauses on purposive phrases c-selected by distinct types of matrix verbs. The eventive copula and the stative copula are in complementary distribution. Furthermore, due to its eventive nature the copula is compatible with experiential and progressive aspect markers and durative time adverbs. Nevertheless, unlike the stative copular , the eventive cannot function as a focus marker. In addition, the eventive copula rather than its stative counterpart is limited to predicational clauses only.


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