SYNTAX: operation which inserts expletive there in the first, presumably the subject position of an existential sentence. EXAMPLE: (i)a has been analyzed as being derived from (i)b by inserting there in the empty slot '__'.
(i) a there is someone in the room b __ is someone in the roomThis construction is now usually analyzed with the expletive base-generated in subject position and the logical subject adjoined or attached to VP. See CHAIN, Definiteness effect.
|LIT.||Chomsky, N. (1986a)|
Chomsky, N. and H. Lasnik (1993)
Milsark, G.L. (1974)
Safir, K. (1985)