Infinitives by Susanne Wurmbrand

By Susanne Wurmbrand

Infinitives: Restructuring and Clause constitution deals an in depth research of the clausal structure of infinitival structures delivering a unified research of restructuring, regulate, modals, and elevating. The e-book seriously evaluates earlier proposals from either syntactic and semantic views and provides a brand new research incorporating many contemporary advancements in generative linguistic idea. as well as its theoretical contribution, Infinitives incorporates a special descriptive assessment of various buildings, essentially from the Germanic languages and may hence not just be of worth to generative linguists yet also will function a basic reference resource for these attracted to the Germanic languages.

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A crucial point of our analysis is that the different scope positions are not associated with inherently different positions for accusative vs. nominative arguments (but see fn. 28 for some qualification of this claim). Rather, we claim that the scope positions correspond to the case positions. In restructuring infinitives, the object takes scope over the matrix verb since it is assigned case in a position higher than the matrix verb; in non-restructuring infinitives, the object takes scope under the matrix predicate since it is assigned case in a position lower than the matrix verb.

Intraposition issue. Case assignment (30) 41 Scrambling from extraposed infinitives21 a. dass Hans den Traktor versucht hat zu reparieren that John the tractor-ACC tried has to repair 'that John (has) tried to repair the tractor' b. dass Hans bedauert hat that John regretted has den Traktor reparieren zu müssen the tractor-ACC repair to must 'that John (has) regretted that he had to repair the tractor' c. *dass Hans den Traktor bedauert hat that John the tractor-ACC regretted has reparieren zu müssen repair to must 'that John (has) regretted that he had to repair the tractor' d.

Treating easy-infinitives as restructuring infinitives thus accounts for the nominative case of the embedded object, the agreement between the underlying embedded object and the matrix auxiliary, as well as the thematic relation of the surface subject with the embedded predicate. 11 (16) Easy-to-please construction =(15)b TP these texts to read Before turning to the third type of vP-less infinitives, let us point out one further property of the easy-to-please construction in German that can be seen as evidence for the analysis suggested above.

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