All there is to know about the alls-construction

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This paper pursues a minimalist analysis of the s-inflection that appears as an enclitic on the all in certain dialects of Midwestern American English; a construction called the alls -construction by Putnam & van Koppen (2009). Following Putnam & van Koppen, we demonstrate that the inter-clausal aspects of the alls-construction can be accounted for via Probe-Goal (Agree) relations similar in many respects to the generative treatment of C(omplementizer)-agreement in West Germanic languages and dialects. Regarding the intra-clausal dimension of this construction, based on the discussion of Den Dikken et al. (2000), we demonstrate that the alls-construction is most accurately described as a Type-A specificational pseudocleft. The analysis of the alls-construction developed here unites both the inter- and intra-clausal aspects of this construction in a parsimonious way.


Agree Probe-Goal relations Pseudoclefts C(omplementizer)-agreement Midwestern American English (MAE) CP-layer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Germanic & Slavic, Languages & LiteraturesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Dutch Language & CultureUtrecht University-Uil-OTSUtrechtNetherlands

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