The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 141–178

Expletive selection and CP arguments in Dutch

Open AccessOriginal Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10828-010-9037-5

Cite this article as:
Ruys, E.G. J Comp German Linguistics (2010) 13: 141. doi:10.1007/s10828-010-9037-5


It has recently been claimed (Hazout 2004) that the English expletives it and there do not differ in their theta-properties. This paper argues that Dutch het and er do differ: all instances of het bear a (quasi-)theta-role; no instance of er does. Evidence comes from an analysis of expletive selection in constructions with seem-type verbs.


ExpletiveImpersonal passiveQuasi-argumentSeem-verb
Download to read the full article text

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UiL-OTS, Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands