Clausal Subordination and the Structure of the Verbal Phrase
AbstractIn his first approach to recursion in clausal embedding, Chomsky (1957) postulates a proform in the matrix clause linked to an independently constructed clause that, via an application of the generalised transformation, eventually becomes the matrix verb’s complement. Chomsky (1965) replaces this with a direct clausal embedding analysis, with clausal recursion in the base component of the grammar. I argue here that, while direct clausal recursion is certainly needed, an update to the Chomsky’s (1957) approach (minus the application of the generalised transformation) deserves a prominent place in syntactic theory as well. The discussion is based on data from Dutch, German, and Hungarian. This paper addresses the role of presuppositionality in the context of clausal coordination, the analysis of the so-called wh-scope marking construction, and the importance of Agree in connection with a subordinate clause’s transparency or opacity to extraction. Central in the analysis is a perspective on the structure of the verbal phrase which accommodates two discrete structural positions for the object. View Full-Text
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den Dikken, M. Clausal Subordination and the Structure of the Verbal Phrase. Languages 2017, 2, 5.
den Dikken M. Clausal Subordination and the Structure of the Verbal Phrase. Languages. 2017; 2(2):5.Chicago/Turabian Style
den Dikken, Marcel. 2017. "Clausal Subordination and the Structure of the Verbal Phrase." Languages 2, no. 2: 5.
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