In linguistics, a copula (or linking verb) is a word used to equate or associate the subject of a sentence with a predicate. A copula is sometimes (though not always) a verb or a verb-like part of speech. The term is generally used to refer to the main copular verb in the language: in the case of English, this is "to be". It can also be used to refer to all such verbs in the language: in that case, English copulas include "to be", "to become", "to get", "to feel", and "to seem". Other verbs have secondary uses as copulative verbs, as fall in "The zebra fell victim to the lion."1

Hilinqwo uses different base endings to designate objects and subjects, and there is an implied verb of being in the use of the base endings. Therefore there is no need for an explicit copula.

  • Homos kanom. People are dogs.
  • Kanos homon. Dogs are people.