Verwacht het onverwachte | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 25, Issue 2-3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



In this paper I report experimental data I have ignored for almost ten years because I did not know what to do with them. I still don’t know exactly, but the 25th anniversary of this journal is a key occasion to share them, if only because they fittingly illustrate that the syntax of Netherlandic and Belgian Dutch are diverging. The new data demonstrate that contrary to categorical Netherlandic intuitions that is ungrammatical in sentences with a fronted locative (such as ), is not only grammatical, but also beneficial to the Dutch language user. Compared to Belgian Dutch, however, the principal beneficiary of ’s processing advantage no longer is the subject noun phrase, but anything that follows.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Belgian Dutch; Netherlandic Dutch; presentative er
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