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==Definition==
 
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'''Sentential Subject Constraint''' is one of the constraints on [[movement]] proposed by Ross (1967). It states that
 
'''Sentential Subject Constraint''' is one of the constraints on [[movement]] proposed by Ross (1967). It states that
  
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and is meant to capture the fact that categories cannot be moved out of a sentential subject.
 
and is meant to capture the fact that categories cannot be moved out of a sentential subject.
  
=== Example ===
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== Example ==
 
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Consider (i) and (ii), both containing a sentential subject (the ''for''-clause and the ''that''-clause respectively).
consider (i) and (ii), both containing a sentential subject (the ''for''-clause and the ''that''-clause respectively).
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  (i)  [for Haarhuis to beat Becker] is easy
 
  (i)  [for Haarhuis to beat Becker] is easy
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The Sentential Subject Constraint falls under the [[Subject condition]] of Huang's (1982) [[Condition on Extraction Domain]].
 
The Sentential Subject Constraint falls under the [[Subject condition]] of Huang's (1982) [[Condition on Extraction Domain]].
  
=== Links ===
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== Links ==
 
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[http://www2.let.uu.nl/UiL-OTS/Lexicon/zoek.pl?lemma=Sentential+Subject+Constraint&lemmacode=220 Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics]
 
[http://www2.let.uu.nl/UiL-OTS/Lexicon/zoek.pl?lemma=Sentential+Subject+Constraint&lemmacode=220 Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics]
  
=== References ===
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== References ==
 
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* Huang, James 1982. ''Move wh in a language without wh-movement,'' Linguistic review, 369-416
 
* Huang, James 1982. ''Move wh in a language without wh-movement,'' Linguistic review, 369-416
 
* Ross, J.R. 1967. ''Constraints on variables in syntax,'' doctoral dissertation, MIT (published as 'Infinite syntax!' Ablex, Norwood (1986)).
 
* Ross, J.R. 1967. ''Constraints on variables in syntax,'' doctoral dissertation, MIT (published as 'Infinite syntax!' Ablex, Norwood (1986)).

Latest revision as of 20:56, 28 October 2014

Definition

Sentential Subject Constraint is one of the constraints on movement proposed by Ross (1967). It states that

No element dominated by an S may be moved out of that S if that S is dominated by an NP which itself is immediately dominated by S,

and is meant to capture the fact that categories cannot be moved out of a sentential subject.

Example

Consider (i) and (ii), both containing a sentential subject (the for-clause and the that-clause respectively).

(i)  [for Haarhuis to beat Becker] is easy
(ii) [that Haarhuis beat Becker] pleased us

The Sentential Subject Constraint now correctly predicts that wh-movement of Becker out of the sentential subject leads to ungrammaticality:

(i')  *	Who is [for Haarhuis to beat t] easy?
(ii') *	Who did [that Haarhuis beat t] please us?

The Sentential Subject Constraint falls under the Subject condition of Huang's (1982) Condition on Extraction Domain.

Links

Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics

References

  • Huang, James 1982. Move wh in a language without wh-movement, Linguistic review, 369-416
  • Ross, J.R. 1967. Constraints on variables in syntax, doctoral dissertation, MIT (published as 'Infinite syntax!' Ablex, Norwood (1986)).