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English Expletive Constructions Are Not Infected

Linguistic Inquiry, no. 3 (2006): 467-484

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Sobin (1997) proposes an analysis of several "prestige" constructions of English under which they result from grammatical viruses. Counter to his claim, I argue that plural agreement in expletive constructions introduced by there results not from a virus but from the grammar of English, because it lacks signature properties of viruses. I ...More

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