Here and There

Richard S. Kayne

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    This chapter studies various instances of the word there using comparative syntax, and argues that there is not itself intrinsically locative. In its locative uses, there occurs concurrently with an unpronounced noun PLACE (which is locative). Then (apparently) locative there can be assimilated to the evidently non-locative there of (archaic English) They spoke thereof, and similarly for Dutch and German, which have a very productive use of there + P. This chapter proposes that demonstrative here and there should not be thought of as locatives originating in a reduced relative clause. In fact, locative and non-locative there, when looked at from the right perspective, are both to be considered instances of demonstrative there.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationMovement and Silence
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199788330
    ISBN (Print)9780195179163
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


    • Adpositions
    • Comparative syntax
    • Locatives
    • Non-locatives
    • Prepositions
    • Reduced relative cause

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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