Chapter 2. The absent, the silent, and the audible
This chapter pursues the issue of phonetically silent lexical items (cf. Van Riemsdijk 2002). Two more empirical domains are examined, and in both cases I tentatively conclude that a silent verb is involved. The first of these concerns the copula/auxiliary be when combined with a directional PP in Dutch and Swiss German. The second has to do with what I call silent particle verbs in Dutch. In a last section I discuss the more general issue of how widespread the phenomenon of silent lexical verbs is? And if the impression that this is a relatively rare phenomenon is correct, why do languages make such a limited use of what looks like a very economical device?