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Re: Mir ist kalt -- How to analyze this sentence?

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 8:39
Quoting Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>:

> Hi, > > The topic already says it all. How do I analyze the sentence > "Mir ist kalt"? That's German for "I feel cold", and breaks > down into 1sg.DAT is cold. But what is the subject in this > sentence? "Kalt", despite it's an adjective?
Some grammars will tell you that _mir_ is a "dative subject" here. I don't like this analysis, among other reasons because there is no obvious reason verbal agreement should change just because a subject is put in an odd case form - one'd expect **_Mir bin kalt_. The other analysis I've seen, and that I prefer, is that the sentence simply has no grammatical subject. As other replies to this thread has shown, subjectless sentences aren't terribly unusual. Andreas