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On Matrix‐Clause Intervention in Accusative‐and‐Infinitive Constructions

Neeleman, A; Payne, A; (2019) On Matrix‐Clause Intervention in Accusative‐and‐Infinitive Constructions. Syntax 10.1111/synt.12174. (In press).

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Abstract

One of the strongest arguments for a raising‐to‐object analysis of English accusative‐and‐infinitive constructions comes from the fact that adverbials and particles belonging to the matrix clause can intervene between the embedded subject and the embedded predicate. We reevaluate this argument in the light of a neglected alternative analysis, namely that matrix‐clause intervention is the result of extraposition of the embedded predicate. We show that this analysis gives a better account of matrix‐clause intervention than raising to object. Our arguments are based on the scopal properties of the embedded subject and on the order among multiple intervening elements. We also consider various mixed analyses that feature both raising to object and extraposition. These turn out to be conceptually awkward and empirically flawed.

Type: Article
Title: On Matrix‐Clause Intervention in Accusative‐and‐Infinitive Constructions
DOI: 10.1111/synt.12174
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/synt.12174
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063575
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