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|Title||Peas and pancakes. On apparent disagreement and (null) light verbs in Swedish|
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|Publication/Series||Nordic Journal of Linguistics|
|Pages||35 - 72|
|Document type||Journal article|
|Publisher||Cambridge Univesity Press|
Two variants of what looks like disagreement between a subject and a predicative adjective are explored:
(i) Senap är gul-t.
mustard.COMMON is yellow-NEUT
‘Mustard is yellow.’
= Construction NOM(inal)
(ii) Två älskare är omoralisk-t.
[two lovers]COMMON.PL is immoral-NEUT
‘To have two lovers is immoral.’
= Construction PROP(ositional)
Having shown how Construction NOM and Construction PROP differ, I demonstrate that the subject of Construction PROP is clausal. I argue that the topmost XP of the subject phrase of both constructions contains a null neuter element. This accounts for the neuter predicative agreement; hence the idea of default agreement or semantic agreement can be dismissed. I also argue that the subject in (ii) contains a vP , the head of which is a null light verb. Other instances of null light verbs in Swedish are identified too. Finally, I propose an analysis that accounts for the close relation between Construction PROP and the corresponding construction with a med-phrase ‘with-phrase’.
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|Keywords||agreement, Ärter är gott-sentences, default gender, passepartouts, semantic agreement, Pannekaker er godt-sentences, neuter, med-phrase, disagreement, light verb|
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