Example 5. EXISTENTIAL PROCESSES (relate to the existence of something)
There is an interesting museum in Xian.
Some claim that the there
is existential. I disagree and claim that the Existential Process is in fact there is
(or there +
any form of is Past, Present or Modal.
Note that although the "there"
of the Existential Process "there is"
is phonologically similar and graphologically identical to the deictic "there
" as in "I put it over there"
or "there it is!"
, they are in fact not semantically related.