Suddenly in hospital on April 6th after a short illness, aged 80 years, Doreen Margaret ( nee Robertson), dearly beloved wife of the late Gerald Beverley, a very special mother to Wugo
, Washo, Slim and Barrell, dear mother - in - law to Tam, David and Tim, a devoted gran to Iain, Jamie, Corey, Alistair, Duncan, Pippa and Abi and future great gran.
This is a standard pattern in some languages such as Avar (Nakh-Dagestanian), as discussed in Stassen (1997: 146): Haw was q'uwataw wugo
(this boy strong be-PRES) 'this boy is strong'; dir wac ucitel wugo
(my brother teacher be-PRES) 'my brother is a teacher'; Rasul saharatuw wugo
(Rasul city-in be-PRES) 'Rasul is in the city', where the same locative copula is used for all three constructions.