Expletive selection and CP arguments in Dutch

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Expletive Impersonal passive Quasi-argument Seem-verb 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UiL-OTS, Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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