Control into infinitival relatives
English Language and Linguistics
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Douglas, J. (2019). Control into infinitival relatives. English Language and Linguistics, 23 (2), 469-494. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1360674318000011
This paper focuses on a novel English construction involving control and infinitival relatives. Examples such as this is John’s book to read have a head noun (book) modified by an infinitival relative clause (to read) and a prenominal possessor (John’s). I argue that there is a control relation between the prenominal possessor and the PRO subject of the infinitival relative. I show that this control relation bears the structural hallmarks of obligatory control whilst at the same time permitting PRO to be interpreted as arbitrary. I discuss these empirical facts in the context of a syntactic, Agree-based theory of control.
European Research Council (269752)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/s1360674318000011
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/277534