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The gift of the gap: a study of Dutch and Swedish learners' use of the English zero relativizer

Journal article
Authors Arne Olofsson
Published in English Studies
Volume 90
Issue 3
Pages 333-344
ISSN 0013-838X
Publication year 2009
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 333-344
Language en
Keywords corpus linguistics, syntax, zero, relative clause
Subject categories English language


The zero relativizer, as in "Places _ I have seen", is used in English and in Nordic languages but in no other Germanic language. On the basis of a corpus of learner essays in English (ICLE) the article investigates to what extent advanced Dutch learners, without the help of positive transfer, match Swedish learners, who have exactly the same zero construction in their first language, in their use of the English zero relativizer.

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