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2) 5 In sentences like these, it is not clear whether the logical subject is in the normal syntactic subject position or not. It can be argued that it is not, however, in similar sentences with a constituent in between the complementizer and the logical subject, as in: i Ik heb gehoord dat volgens haar een pinguïn geen vogel is. 3) PS-type: In de krant wordt ‘ beweerd dat hij dronken achter het stuur gezeten heeft. ” For the different types there are different reasons for using a dummy subject.

In this chapter, we will discuss previous literature on dummy subject constructions, the results on these constructions from our sentence preference task with native speakers of Dutch, and what German, French and Turkish learners have to acquire in order to behave like native speakers of Dutch with respect to dummy subject constructions. 1). 2 we will present the results from our sentence preference test with native speakers. 3, we will look at some generative analyses for dummy subject constructions.

Since some of the constructions in our study are ill-understood and subject to a great deal of variation, these results do not merely provide evidence for a pre-established native speaker norm. Rather, we also use these results to determine what preferences native speakers actually have with respect to dummy subjects in Dutch. This is why these results are presented here. 6 7 When no example with het is given, the equivalent sentence with het is always ungrammatical. The dummy subject 0 is left out here, because Vikner does not give a judgement for this option.

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