Leon's questions

Östen Dahl oesten at LING.SU.SE
Wed May 5 14:30:54 UTC 1999

I think one can sharpen Leon's question about pro-drop languages in the
following way. In English, the sentences "John sings" (with a lexical
subject) and "He sings" (with no lexical subject) contain two words each. In
the typical "pro-drop language", the latter sentence would contain one word
only. In addition, there are quite a few languages in which the translation
of "John sings"  consists of three words: "John he sings". The question is
thus if there are languages outside a contiguous area in northern Europe
which pattern like English, with "John sings" and "He sings" containing the
same number of words.

- Östen Dahl

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