Jim Wood and Raffaella Zanuttini Publish Paper in Language

October 12, 2023

Jim Wood and Raffaella Zanuttini published a paper in the journal Language titled “The Syntax of English Presentatives.” The paper, which has its origins in work connected with the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project, analyzes sentences like Here is my daughter, which they call “presentatives”. They show how such sentences are distinct from ordinary declaratives, interrogatives, imperatives and exclamatives, and suggest that presentatives may constitute their own minor clause type.

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