Publication details [#11960]
Abbott, Barbara. 1997. Definiteness and Existentials. Language 73 (1) : 103–108. 6 pp. https://doi.org/10.2307/416595
Article in journal
Language as a subject
Washington DC: Linguistic Society of America
On the function of postverbal noun phrases in English existential THERE-sentences. The author claims that such sentences are not always new to the hearer, but they can be used to acknowledge the existence of an entity in discourse.