Date: Mon, 28 Feb 1994 09:44:47 EST From: Larry Horn 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? *hasn't there? There's two mistakes on this page, aren't there? *isn'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. --Larry