Date: Mon, 28 Feb 1994 09:44:47 EST
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: there's
Funny; there's been several postings lately on Linguist List about (dis)agree-
ment and the role played by linear order, proximity, etc. I'll try to forward
the principals each other's relevant postings. (Sorry; I haven't had my second
cup of coffee so my constraints are down.)
As for "there's" as plural (or, better, a neutralized unmarked form), at
least for me this requires contraction and, what's more, the form retains its
number marking at an abstract level, since I get
There's been several postings on this lately, haven't there?
There's two mistakes on this page, aren't there?
There's two mistakes on this page; at least I think there are/*is.
and so on. I'd expect variation with respect to these judgments, though.