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Title: A Defective Auxiliary in Danish
Author: Michael J. Houser
Institution: University of California
Author: Maziar Toosarvandani
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Homepage: http://people.ucsc.edu/~mtoosarv/
Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Danish
English
Abstract: In English, auxiliaries form a cohesive category—unlike main verbs, they all raise to T. In Danish, it is not so obvious that auxiliaries form such a unified category. In root clauses, all verbal elements can raise to T (and then to C), while in embedded clauses they always stay in situ. Therefore, determining the position of a verbal element in the extended verbal projection is a challenging task. We examine the Danish verbal element g⊘re ‘do’ that shows up when the verb phrase has been topicalized, elided, or pronominalized. Even though on the surface g⊘re might appear to be of category T or v, we argue that it is located right in the middle. We argue that it is an auxiliary, but, unlike other auxiliaries, g⊘re is defective because it only subcategorizes for vPs that are pronominal.

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This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 23, Issue 3.

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