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As for the 1st of those, think this to be a marked estate of English, might be ruled via a clear out as defined in Chomsky and Lasnik (1977) or within the varied demeanour constructed in Pesetsky (1978b). We go back to the opposite situations. This method of COMP bears at the formula of selectional regulations among matrix verbs and embedded clauses. There are obviously relatives among COMP and INFL (f Aflf-tense, for-to), and matrix verbs range with reference to the enhances they take (declarative or interrogative, finite or infinitival). 34 If COMP could be empty, we would allow direct kin among matrix verbs and INFL of the embedded clause, the place the verb accepts one yet now not the opposite of [ ±Tense] in its clausal complement-presumably a marked estate. back, this maybe indicates considering INFL because the head of S. In discussing passives, I left open the query of the class to which the passive word belongs. To take the easiest case, reflect on the expression (14) with the S-structure (15) and the D-structure (16), the place kill* is a kind of kill, t is the hint of John, and [NP^] is a base-generated empty classification: (14) (15) (16) John was once [«killed] John INFL be [ e kill * t] [NP e] INFL be [ a kill* John] those, keep in mind, are the S- and D-structures required through the 0-criterion and the projection precept. what's the right selection of α in those buildings? because the sentence is copular in constitution, it truly is moderate to imagine = AP, as in John was once unhappy. This end is suitable for passive participles which are generated within the lexicon, e. g. , the "unpassives" resembling untaught, unlettered, uneducated; and so forth. however the case of syntactic passives akin to (14) is various. In a few structures that let APs, syntactic passives are excluded; and syntactic passives look in a few verbal structures that don't let adjectives; e. g. , (17), (18): (17) (18) John turns out outdated (sad, drained, bothered, untaught, *taught by means of invoice, * believed to be a idiot, * killed) John had invoice depart (killed, taught French, *sad, »troubled, *untaught) those and related proof point out that syntactic passive participles vary in a few appreciate from their lexical opposite numbers (which are often homo- Subsystems of middle grammar fifty five phonous : drained, closed,frightened, and so on. ). 35 The minimum assumption isthat they range in a single function. A traditional determination will be that syntactic passive participles aren't adjectives ([ + N, + V ]) yet relatively neutralized verbadjectives with the characteristic constitution [ + V]. Then a in (14)-(16) should be [ + V]. the valuables of turns out in (17) is that it calls for adjective enhances, as designated from be, which takes [ + V] enhances. And the valuables of have in (18) is that it rejects [ + N] enhances, allowing [ + V] yet now not [ + N, + V]. 36 therefore syntactic passive participles are often handled as adjectival and infrequently as verbal. when it comes to such varieties as apprehensive, which look in either (17) and (18), we consequently count on, and locate, ambiguity, reckoning on even if the participle is lexically generated or a syntactic passive.

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