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Query Details


Query Subject:   Historical roots of English Complementizers
Author:   Neil Salmond
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax
Subject Language(s):  English


Query:   Hi all,

In a lecture the other day, it was noted that many English
Complementizers also perform other syntactic roles, eg
'that' as a pronoun, 'who' as an interogative. The lecturer
left it hanging in the air, and it has therefore had the, I
suppose, desired effect of whetting my curiosity big time.
Are the links here lexically specific? Or was there some
general rule in the past, that opened complementizer flood
gates from other categories?

All views welcome; summary forthcoming.

- Neil
LL Issue: 10.1801
Date posted: 26-Nov-1999



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