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Existential sentences in English and Lithuanian

A contrastive study


Violeta Kalédaité

Contents: The English existential: definition and classification – General characteristics: structural patterns – Semantic types – Word order – The interpretation of there – Verbs in the construction – The definiteness restriction – Lithuanian existentials: the semantics of the basic sentence patterns – Types of ‘be’ existentials – Communicative types of existential sentences – Semantic classes of acceptable lexical verbs – Definite and indefinite subject NPs – Language-specific existential structures.