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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 […]
May 4, 2022

Optional “that” vs. obligatory “that”

Introduction This post highlights the use of that as a function word, which refers to what a word does as opposed to what it looks like […]