Edited by Ingo Feldhausen, Martin Elsig, Imme Kuchenbrandt and Mareike Neuhaus
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 15] 2019
► pp. 238–254
Chapter 12. Teasing apart 3rd person null subjects in Brazilian Portuguese
We discuss null impersonals in Brazilian Portuguese against the background of previous work by Holmberg (2005, et seq.), in which the properties of null impersonals play a role in the characterization of partial pro-drop languages. We show that although apparently similar, null impersonals in Finnish and BP cannot receive the same analysis. In Finnish, there is only one type of null impersonal. By contrast, there are two types of null impersonals in BP, each one employing dedicated null impersonal pronouns, i.e. pronouns that cannot receive a referential reading. We take the properties of null impersonals in BP to showcase that the different specifications of T in partial pro-drop languages can have an overall effect in the grammar of their constructions.