This paper examines the ambiguity of there-existentials with participial codas observed by Milsark (1974) and offers a systematic account thereof. Along the way, some of the debate on the constituent structure of relevant there-existentials will be settled. We also take a closer look at extractability from the participial coda and suggest a more pragmatic approach to the putatively syntactic phenomenon. Our analysis will also be shown to capture the paradoxical properties of there, a long-standing problem in the literature.
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