A progressive grammar of the Telugu language by A H Arden

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On the other hand, if the antecedent undergoes whmovement to the matrix clause, as in (49b), the violation is obviated. *[Hei said [he invited several girls to the party [that Johni dated in high school]]]. [[How many girls]j did hei say [he invited tj to the party] [that Johni dated in high school]]?  *[Hei wondered [[how many girls]j he invited tj to the party [that Johni dated in high school]]]. The present analysis predicts that clefts should behave in the same way if the clefted XP undergoes wh-movement.

Ii) It must have been Fred that kissed Mary but Bill who left with her. It is not clear, however, whether these examples actually show that the cleft clause is inside the VP. g. ). As for (ii), this could innocuously be analysed as involving VP-conjunction on Delahunty’s analysis, since he takes it to be an expletive. If, on the other hand, it constitutes part of a definite description, as under specificational analyses such as the present one, analysing (ii) as involving VP-conjunction may be undesirable.

Rizzi (1986) looks at the so-called ‘Aux-to-Comp’ construction in Italian in the context of a discussion of pro in the subject position of small clauses and infinitivals. In the Aux-to-Comp construction, an infinitival clause embedded under a verb such as ritenere ‘to believe’ contains an auxiliary infinitive which inverts with the subject, as in (17) (from Rizzi 1982:â•›88): (17) Ritengo [esser loro in grado di pagare il riscatto]. ’ Rizzi (1986:â•›542) notes that pro in the subject position of Aux-to-Comp clauses behaves differently from pro in the subject position of finite clauses.

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