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Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 825-857

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The grammar of autonomy in Irish

  • James McCloskeyAffiliated withDepartment of Linguistics, Stevenson Faculty Services, University of California Santa Cruz Email author 

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This paper examines so-called autonomous forms of the verb in Irish in the context of ongoing work on the syntax and semantics of arbitrary pronominal subjects (on on French; man in German and so on). It argues for the syntactic presence of a phonologically null subject in such constructions and attempts to understand various characteristics of such impersonal constructions (with respect to binding and control especially) in the light of that hypothesis.


Impersonals Arbitrary pronouns Agreement Inflection