Date: Tue, 1 Mar 1994 10:41:27 EST
From: TERRY IRONS t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSUACAD.MOREHEAD-ST.EDU
Subject: Re: there's
In 1991 Deborah Schriffin presented a keynote address at the
Mid-America Linguistics Meeting in Stillwater, OK entitled
"Approaches to Topic in Discourse: They have and There Is."
In her talk she reported quantitative information concerning discourse history
information status and syntactic type of NPs in There is constructions.
I don't know if this work has been published anywhere, but you might
be able to contact Debbie and see if she has any quantitative info
on agreement that may help you out.