chapter  3
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The Role of the Complementizer in Infinitival Complementation

NeartheendoftheprecedingchapterIassertedthatthe forcomplementizerhasbeenover-extendedasananalytic deviceforderivinginfinitives.Mydiscussionofthe semanticfunctiono£forpresupposedthattruefor-complementscouldbesyntacticallydistinguishedfromotherinfinitivalcomplements.HereIwilljustifythatassumption.InSectionA:rinvestigatetheeffectofcomplementizersonthesubjectsoftheircomplements.Ageneral constraintisproposedwhichisappliedinlatersections totheanalysisofvariouskindsofinfinitivalcomplement constructions,in(B)totheso-called"nominativeandinfinitive"andin(C)totheaaccusativeandinfinitive".