When writing the 'nothing but' kind of sentence, which is the subject? Nothing or what follows the but?
Nothing but blue berries grow in this village!
Nothing but blue berries grows in this village!
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My answer is that "nothing but NP" is the subject. Other answers seem to be concentrated on the question of whether the verb will have singular or plural concord, which is a different matter.
All the tests for subjecthood that occur to me are positive for "nothing but blueberries":
(1) can be in subject position in a passive: "Nothing but blueberries is/are consumed by the black bear." < "The black bear consumes nothing but blueberries."
(2) can be raised by subject-raising to object: "I believe that nothing but blueberries live here." > "I believe nothing but blueberries to live here."
(3) can be raised by subject-raising-to-subject: "It seems that nothing but blueberries lives here." > "Nothing but blueberries seem(s) to live here."
(4) can be affected by subject-verb-inversion: "Will nothing but blueberries satisfy you?"
Note interesting verb agreement in (3).