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The Complementizer PhaseSubjects and Operators$
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E. Phoevos Panagiotidis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584352.001.0001

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Subjects on the Edge

Subjects on the Edge

Chapter:
(p.76) 5 Subjects on the Edge
Source:
The Complementizer Phase
Author(s):

Anna Roussou

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584352.003.0005

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

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