Subjects on the Edge

Anna Roussou

in The Complementizer Phase

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584352
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594526 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Subjects on the Edge

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This chapter argues that: a) ‘infinitival’ to is a locative (like prepositional to) which takes a verbal complement and introduces an unrealized subject (EPP) with a variable interpretation (control, raising, arbitrary); b) the complementizer that requires a complement with an overt subject (EPP), closing off the proposition. Absence of the subject in extraction contexts creates an illicit complement for that.

Keywords: EPP; (non‐)finite; control; raising; subject extraction

Chapter.  17261 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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