In support of broad subjects in Hebrew

Edit Doron, Caroline Heycock

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In previous work we have argued that Hebrew and Arabic share with Japanese the property of allowing an "extra" clause-initial DP that has the properties of a subject rather than, e.g. a left-dislocated or topicalized phrase in an A-bar position: we called this type of clause-initial phrase the "Broad Subject". Landau (2009) argues that this analysis is incorrect for Hebrew, and that all the cases that we discuss are better analysed as left-dislocations. In this reply we show that

1. much of Landau's argumentation is based on a fundamental misreading of our work,

2. of his proposed tests for subjecthood, those that are valid confirm the status of the broad subject,

3. the distinction between left-dislocation and broad subjects in Hebrew stands. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1764-1776
Number of pages13
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010


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