Expletives, referential pronouns and pro-drop: The Russian extraposition pronoun èto in light of the English it and the German es

Expletives, referential pronouns and pro-drop: The Russian extraposition pronoun èto in light of... •In extraposition construction, èto has important similarities with it and es.•Extraposition èto can be both referential and expletive.•The existence of an expletive, similar to it and es, in Russian is to be explained.•I suggest an explanation exploiting the semantic emptiness of an expletive. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Lingua Elsevier

Expletives, referential pronouns and pro-drop: The Russian extraposition pronoun èto in light of the English it and the German es

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
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0024-3841
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1872-6135
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10.1016/j.lingua.2017.10.007
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Abstract

•In extraposition construction, èto has important similarities with it and es.•Extraposition èto can be both referential and expletive.•The existence of an expletive, similar to it and es, in Russian is to be explained.•I suggest an explanation exploiting the semantic emptiness of an expletive.

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LinguaElsevier

Published: Feb 1, 2018

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