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Selecting a to-infinitive ( wêzebe as a copula of absence)
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The copula of being selects predications headed by a to-infinitive. The resulting clause has an absentive interpretation, as if the particle fuortaway or the participle fuortgiengone away had been elided. The infinitival verb may be morphologically expanded by incorporation, but it may not be syntacticaly expanded.

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Verb Phrase (VP) predication involving a to-infinitive is allowed in case the infinitival verb is a verb of activity that is characteristically associated with a designated location away from the subject's expected location (see also Incorporating to-infinitive):

Example 1

Van der Zee wie krekt in dei te fiskjen
Van der Zee was just a day to fish.GI
Van der Zee was gone fishing for a day

Such examples may involve an adposition such as fuortaway or even an adposition accompanied by the perfect participle giengone. The three variants all have almost the same meaning:

Example 2

a. Van der Zee wie krekt in dei fuort te fiskjen
Van der Zee was just a day away to fish.GI
Van der Zee had just gone fishing for a day
b. Van der Zee wie krekt in dei fuortgien te fiskjen
Van der Zee was just a day away.gone to fish.GI
Van der Zee had just gone fishing for a day

The infinitival clause may not be expanded in syntax, that is, the main verb of the infinitival clause may not be accompanied by material which it subcategorises for:

Example 3

a. *Van der Zee wie krekt in dei op hjerring te fiskjen
Van der Zee was just a day on herring to fish.GI
Van der Zee had just gone fishing for herring for a day
b. *Omdat er hjoed it hier te knippen is
because he today the hair to cut is
Because he has gone today to have his hair cut

The infinitival clause may only be expanded in morphology, that is, it requires the incorporation of material which it subcategorises for:

Example 4

a. Van der Zee wie krekt in dei te hjerringfiskjen
Van der Zee was just a day to herring.fish.GI
Van der Zee had just gone fishing for herring for a day
b. Omdat er hjoed te hierknippen is
because he today to hair.cut is
Because he has gone today to have his hair cut

Incorporating to-infinitival clauses may similarly be preceded by an adposition or even an adposition accompanied by the perfect participle giengone:

Example 5

a. Omdat er hjoed fuort [te hierknippen] is
because he today away to hair.cut is
Because he has gone away today to have his hair cut
b. Omdat er hjoed fuortgien [te hierknippen] is
because he today away.gone to hair.cut is
Because he has gone away today to have his hair cut
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