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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


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 […]