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Two for the price of one: an LFG treatment of sentence initial object es in German.

Sourcetitle: 
Proceedings of LFG'12
Year of publication: 
2012
PublicationType: 
Conference paper - peer reviewed

We present an analysis of sentence initial object es ‘it’ in German. Theweak pronoun es may only realize such an object under specific informationstructural conditions. We follow recent work suggesting these conditions areexactly those that licence the use of the presentational construction, markedby a sentence initial dummy es. We propose that the initial objects are anexample of function amalgamation, show that only objects that may alsoappear in the clause-internal postverbal domain can participate in this fusionand make this precise in LFG. We end the paper with a contrastive discussion.

http://cslipublications.stanford.edu/LFG/17/papers/lfg12theilerbouma.pdf

Sourcepages: 
603-623
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