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The Syntax of EllipsisEvidence from Dutch Dialects$
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Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375640

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375640.001.0001

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Spelling Out the Proform

Spelling Out the Proform

(p.188) 14 Spelling Out the Proform
The Syntax of Ellipsis

Da's Nie

Da's Wel

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This chapter focuses on a contradictory reply attested in Brabant Dutch and consisting of a demonstrative, a form of the verb be and a polarity element (e.g. Da's nie ‘that is not’). It argues that the demonstrative in this construction is the overt counterpart of the null proform attested in Short Do Replies. The two constructions share a large number of empirical characteristics, and the few differences between them can be shown to follow from independent factors or from the overt vs. covert nature of the proform. The chapter ends with a critique of three possible alternative accounts and a brief outline of a typology of overt and covert proforms in dialectal Dutch.

Keywords:   contradictory reply, Brabant Dutch, overt proform, covert proform, Short Do Replies

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