On noun-related complementizer clauses
Kalle Müller
February 2022

In recent research, it has been proposed that prima facie complement clauses are more akin to relativization structures. That is, verbs only take nominal complements and what is usually called a verb or a noun complement clause is actually a relative clause to an overt or silent noun. This paper argues that so-called noun complement clauses fall into two categories, neither of which involves complementation or relativization. In the first category, clauses that stand in an identity relation to their head noun are analysed as close appositions. In the second category, where the relation between head noun and clause resembles a head-argument relation, this relation is not established by complementation but mediated through a silent preposition. Both clauses are themselves nouny: they are enshelled within an empty nominal head.
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Reference: lingbuzz/007895
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Published in: Axel-Tober, Katrin, Lutz Gunkel, Jutta Hartmann & Anke Holler (eds.), On the nominal nature of propositional arguments. Hamburg: Buske, 93-120. (= Linguistische Berichte, Sonderheft 33)
keywords: noun complement clauses, relative clauses, complementation, nominalization, prepositions, modal objects, syntax
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