18.8 Predicates

English Notes
BSL Video


A predicate is anything that makes a statement about a noun or a noun phrase. Predicates can be nouns, verbs, verb phrases or adjectives. In the BSL sentence SOMEONE PASS "A person passed by", the subject is SOMEONE and the predicate PASS; in MAN ILL "The man is ill", the subject is MAN and the predicate is ILL.

In other examples, the handshape in the predicate does not appear in the subject noun phrase. For example, in "The car drives up the hill" or "The car drives downhill" the classifier handshape for the car (the 'B' handshape) only occurs in the predicate.


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