Internal Syntax

  • Charles Jones
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 47)


A durable question about infinitives is whether they are all syntactically sentential. In the GB literature (cf. Chomsky (1982), Koster and May (1982)), the question is standardly decided in favor of a sentential analysis for all verbal constructions. The extension of the projection principle requiring every VP to have an NP subject position effectively closes off the possibility of there being a VP anywhere other than inside an S. In GB, the purpose constructions that we have been considering receive CP analyses like those in (1)—(3).


Argument Structure External Argument Obligatory Control Case Visibility Projection Principle 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Jones
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishGeorge Mason UniversityUSA

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