Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 547–587

Stranding, weak pronouns, and the fine structure of the Dutch Mittelfeld

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DOI: 10.1007/s11049-008-9048-y

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Ruys, E.G. Nat Language Linguistic Theory (2008) 26: 547. doi:10.1007/s11049-008-9048-y


The purpose of this paper is to develop a tool for determining the unmarked position of various PP types in the Dutch Mittelfeld. The paper argues that the distribution of stranded prepositions, which obey a Freezing constraint, can be used for this purpose, and that the same holds for prepositions with a weak pronominal complement. Among the results of this twin diagnostic are independent evidence for a case-movement analysis of scrambling, and support for a particular analysis of predicative complement constructions.


Preposition strandingWeak pronounsPP scramblingMiddlefieldCartography
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UiL-OTSUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands