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”Disagreeing” doubling det

Josefsson, Gunlög LU (2012) In Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 90.
Abstract
In this paper I discuss doubling with the neuter pronominal det ‘it’ in Swedish. Det may double common gender and/or plural noun phrases too, which gives rise to what looks like disagreement.

The proposed analysis takes as its point of departure so-called pancake-sentences, which are sentences with a common gender and/or plural noun phrase subject, but where the predicative adjective agrees in the neuter, non-plural. The subject in this construction has a SUBSTANCE or an EVENT reading. There are reasons to believe that the subject of pancake-sentences is headed by a null, neuter classifier, devoid of the feature number. The absence of number explains the reading of the subject, as well as the agreement pattern. The analysis of... (More)
In this paper I discuss doubling with the neuter pronominal det ‘it’ in Swedish. Det may double common gender and/or plural noun phrases too, which gives rise to what looks like disagreement.

The proposed analysis takes as its point of departure so-called pancake-sentences, which are sentences with a common gender and/or plural noun phrase subject, but where the predicative adjective agrees in the neuter, non-plural. The subject in this construction has a SUBSTANCE or an EVENT reading. There are reasons to believe that the subject of pancake-sentences is headed by a null, neuter classifier, devoid of the feature number. The absence of number explains the reading of the subject, as well as the agreement pattern. The analysis of pancake-sentences is carried over to one type of det-doubling: The antecedent of the doubling det is a neuter classifier, without number features, heading the doubled phrase. As a consequence, no disagreement is at hand in det-doubling of this type. In the other kind of apparent disagreeing det-doubling, the antecedent is not a linguistic entity, but a discourse element. (Less)
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The proposed analysis takes as its point of departure so-called pancake-sentences, which are sentences with a common gender and/or plural noun phrase subject, but where the predicative adjective agrees in the neuter, non-plural. The subject in this construction has a SUBSTANCE or an EVENT reading. There are reasons to believe that the subject of pancake-sentences is headed by a null, neuter classifier, devoid of the feature number. The absence of number explains the reading of the subject, as well as the agreement pattern. The analysis of pancake-sentences is carried over to one type of det-doubling: The antecedent of the doubling det is a neuter classifier, without number features, heading the doubled phrase. As a consequence, no disagreement is at hand in det-doubling of this type. In the other kind of apparent disagreeing det-doubling, the antecedent is not a linguistic entity, but a discourse element.},
  author       = {Josefsson, Gunlög},
  issn         = {1100-097X},
  keyword      = {pancake sentences,neuter,disagreement,classifier,pronominal doubling,Conversational Entity},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Working Paper},
  pages        = {24},
  publisher    = {Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University},
  series       = {Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax},
  title        = {”Disagreeing” doubling det},
  volume       = {90},
  year         = {2012},
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