‘Expletive pro and Misagreement in Late Middle English
AuthorGrohmann, Kleanthes K.
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of publicationOxford
SourceHistorical Syntax and Linguistic Theory
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This chapter deals with a grammatical phenomenon in Late Middle English here identified as Postfinite Misagreement, in which a finite singular auxiliary form co‐occurs with a plural subject in post‐finite position. It is proposed that an expletive subject played a role in agreement which it has not retained in standard present‐day English.