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Peas and pancakes. On apparent disagreement and (null) light verbs in Swedish

Josefsson, Gunlög LU (2009) In Nordic Journal of Linguistics 32(1). p.35-72
Abstract
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... (More)
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’. (Less)
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Ärter är gott-sentences, agreement, default gender, passepartouts, semantic agreement, Pannekaker er godt-sentences, neuter, med-phrase, disagreement, light verb
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Nordic Journal of Linguistics
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32
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1
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35 - 72
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Cambridge University Press
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0332-5865
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