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Books: There is more: Wesseling

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Date: 30-Dec-2018
From: J. van Duijn Genet <>
Subject: There is more: Wesseling
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Title: There is more
Subtitle: Variation in expletive constructions in Dutch
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2018
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

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Author: Franca Wesseling
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460933004 Pages: 197 Price: Europe EURO 31.00

This thesis is concerned with syntactic properties of the Dutch expletive pronoun er, presenting an in-depth study into expletive clauses in Dutch.
For these constructions, it has not been established what the expletive pronoun
contributes to the clause. This dissertation argues that the expletive pronoun er (and its variants) is not devoid of meaning, but that it contains a locative feature. Written within the Chomskyan framework of generative syntax, it analyzes expletive pronouns in Dutch as structures with an articulated internal syntax, which project a locative feature. Furthermore, it demonstrates that the verbal head in Dutch can be valued by a locative feature, in addition to a Tense feature and Phi-features. This analysis is based on two case studies consisting of newly collected data from hundreds of speakers of Dutch. The first investigates the structure of impersonal passive constructions, and the second focuses on variation in wh-extraction clauses.

This book is of interest to linguists working on the Dutch pronoun er, expletive clauses, the internal structure of pronouns, impersonal passive constructions, and Dutch wh-clauses.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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