”Disagreeing” doubling det

Research output: Working paper


In this paper I discuss doubling with the neuter pronominal det ‘it’ in Swedish. Det may double common gender and/or plural noun phrases too, which gives rise to what looks like disagreement.
The proposed analysis takes as its point of departure so-called pancake-sentences, which are sentences with a common gender and/or plural noun phrase subject, but where the predicative adjective agrees in the neuter, non-plural. The subject in this construction has a SUBSTANCE or an EVENT reading. There are reasons to believe that the subject of pancake-sentences is headed by a null, neuter classifier, devoid of the feature number. The absence of number explains the reading of the subject, as well as the agreement pattern. The analysis of pancake-sentences is carried over to one type of det-doubling: The antecedent of the doubling det is a neuter classifier, without number features, heading the doubled phrase. As a consequence, no disagreement is at hand in det-doubling of this type. In the other kind of apparent disagreeing det-doubling, the antecedent is not a linguistic entity, but a discourse element.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature


  • pancake sentences, neuter, disagreement, classifier, pronominal doubling, Conversational Entity
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCentre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameWorking Papers in Scandinavian Syntax
ISSN (Print)1100-097X

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)