Establishing the diagnostics
This chapter presents and outlines diagnostics that distinguish prepositional phrases (PPs) from noun phrases. These diagnostics include agreement, binding, A-movement, transparency to subextraction, ability to appear at the tail of the control chain, and accessibility to raising. Some diagnostics are more telling and more powerful than others. For example, agreement is only relevant as a comparative diagnostics; if a PP can determine agreement in a given language, then a DP is expected to determine agreement as well.
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