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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2008, Vol. 39, No. 1, Pages 117-128
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2008.39.1.117)
© 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
On the Relation between Expletive There and Its Associate: A Reply to Williams
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Abstract

The relation between expletive there and its associate involves agreement, as suggested in Hazout 2004, and not θ-role assignment, as suggested in Williams 1994, 2006. This difference reflects radically different assumptions about the nature of the subject-predicate relation. The analysis in Hazout 2004 provides a superior account of the empirical facts and affords insights that are missed by the account in Williams 1994.