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What do Prepositional Complementizers do?

Borsley, Robert D (2001) 'What do Prepositional Complementizers do?' Probus, 13 (2). pp. 155-171. ISSN 0921-4771

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It is traditionally assumed that prepositional complementizers originate in their surface position and neither move nor cause other constituents to move. In a recent paper, Kayne (1999) argues that they have both these properties. He proposes that a prepositional complementizer originates above VP and attracts an infinitival constituent to its specifier position. The prepositional complementizer then moves to a higher functional head, and VP moves to the specifier position of this head. I argue that Kayne has provided very little motivation for this analysis and that it faces a variety of problems. In the circumstances it seems reasonable to prefer the much simpler traditional analysis. Copyright © 2001 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: French language (Modern); syntax; word order; preposition; infinitive complement; Italian language; English language (Modern)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 14:13
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:39

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