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Many analyses take the subject of a Danish clause to be base-generat-ed in Diderichsen’s (1946) “small n” (= the specifier of IP, in generative terminology). This paper will pursue an alternative view. I will first argue that Danish raising examples show that it is possible for a subject to come from within an embedded clause and move into the subject position of a higher clause. I will then suggest an extension of this, such that also in ‘simple’ active clauses, the subject is seen as base-generated further inside the clause than the typical subject position. Most subjects should in fact be seen as base-generated in the specifier of VP, i.e. a position to the right of Diderichsen’s (1946) “small a” and to the left of his “big V”. I shall briefly mention some conceptual advantages and then show how this analysis allows accounts for Danish idiomatic expressions that include the subject and also for movement out of coordinate structures in Danish.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Where does the subject come from? – VP-internal origin can shed light on both idiomatic expressions and movements out of coordinations
|Ny Forskning i Grammatik
|Number of pages
|Published - Oct 2023
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Similarities and Differences between Clauses and Nominals - Comparative Syntax across Theoretical Approaches
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