Objectless locative prepositions in British English

Richard Stockwell, Carson T. Schütze


In British English, sentences like This film has monsters in are possible without the pronoun it. Descriptively, we refine landscape of the phenomenon, identifying restrictions on the distribution and interpretation of OLPs, including dialectal variation within British English, and observing an A-bar movement restriction on monsters. Analytically, we argue against an A-movement analysis (Griffiths & Sailor), and ponder alternatives from a cross-linguistic perspective.


locative prepositions; silent complements; have/with; British English; R-pronouns; crossing dependencies

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v4i1.4551

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