The Online Database of Interlinear Text


The following interlinear glossed text data was extracted from a document found on the World Wide Web via a semi-automated process. The data presented here could contain corruption (degraded or missing characters), so the source document (link below) should be consulted to ensure accuracy. If you use any of the data shown here for research purposes, be sure to cite ODIN and the source document. Please use the following citation record or variant thereof:

Kai von Fintel (1992). The Modal-Existential Construction.

URL: http://mit.edu/fintel/www/modal-existentials.pdf

(Last accessed 2009-07-23).

ODIN: http://odin.linguistlist.org/igt_raw.php?id= 3895&langcode=deu (2020-08-11).


Example #1:

    (17) a. Es kam ein Jäger in den Wald.
    Expl came a hunter in the forest
    `There came a hunter into the forest'
Example #2:

    (18) Es aß ein Mann einen Pudding.
    Expl ate a man a        pudding
    `*There ate a man a pudding'