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Edge-Based Clausal Syntax
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Edge-Based Clausal Syntax: A Study of (Mostly) English Object Structure

Paul M. Postal


This book rejects the notion that an English phrase of the form verb + determiner phrase [V + DP] invariably involves a grammatical relation properly characterized as a direct object. It argues instead that at least three distinct relations occur in such a structure. The different syntactic properties of these three kinds of objects are shown by how they behave in passives, middles, -able forms, tough movement, wh-movement, Heavy NP Shift, Ride Node Raising, re-prefixation, and many other tests. This proposal renders the book’s position sharply different from that of Noam Chomsky, who defined ... More

Keywords: grammatical relation, direct object, syntactic properties, passives, middles, tough movement, wh-movement, Heavy NP Shift, Ride Node Raising, re-prefixation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014816
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul M. Postal, author