Haitian creole: A pro-drop language?

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Abstract

Haitian Creole has been argued to be a pro-drop language whose null subjects are licensed by syntactic clitics (DeGraff 1993). This paper analyzes the properties of Haitian Creole pronominal subjects, expletive and argumentai, and argues on the basis of syntactic, phonological, and comparative considerations that Haitian Creole is better analyzed as a language whose argumentai subjects cannot be null and whose pronominal subjects occur in argumentai positions and cliticize in the phonological component.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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