The aim of these posts is parsing sentences to determine their constituent relationships (syntactic function) and understanding the exact meaning of a word or phrase, or a sentence.

April 20, 2020

How to avoid those unnecessary pronouns

PRONOMINALIZATION (using a pronoun instead of a noun) is a standard approach to RELATIVIZATION Complementizers include WH- words and expletives that, if, and whether, all of […]
April 20, 2020

How to do away with the pronoun “it”

Pronominalization is the use of a pronoun instead of a noun. Pronominalization is appropriate where “a noun or noun phrase in an embedded sentence is . . . identical […]
April 20, 2020

Parsing for complementizers that have filler-gap dependencies

Look at the following examples: The head-initialized antecedent (italicized) has a complementizer (bolded) that is the syntactic head of a full clause, the embedded clause (coloured […]
April 24, 2020

EXTRAPOSITION is an EXPLETIVE construction

Pronoun it is the subject According to John Lawler, extraposition “seems to work to keep subject complement clauses from assuming the normal subject position preceding the […]