An Introduction to English Sentence Structure by Andrew Radford

By Andrew Radford

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Finite verbs agree with their subjects in Italian: hence, in order to account for the fact that the verb parlanospeak is in the third person plural form in (22b), we need to posit that it has a third person plural subject to agree with. Since the verb parlanospeak has no overt subject, it must have a null subject which can be thought of as a silent or invisible counterpart of the pronoun they which appears in the corresponding English sentence (22a). This null subject is conventionally designated as pro, so that (22b) has the fuller structure Maria pensa che pro parlano francese ‘Maria thinks that pro speak French,’ where pro is a null subject pronoun.

Cf. ) ∗ What would he had said who do? (cf. ) If we compare (20b) with its echo-question counterpart (20a) He had said who would do what? we see that (20b) involves preposing the first wh-word who and the first auxiliary had, and that this results in a grammatical sentence. By contrast, (20c) involves preposing the first wh-word who and the second auxiliary would; (20d) involves preposing the second wh-word what and the first auxiliary had; and (20e) involves preposing the second wh-word what and the second auxiliary would.

And so on for all the other parameters along which languages vary. e. g. whether they are regular or irregular in respect of their morphology), what kinds of structures they can be used in and so on. On this view, the acquisition of grammar involves the twin tasks of lexical learning and structural learning (with the latter involving parameter-setting). This leads us to the following view of the language acquisition process. The central task which the child faces in acquiring a language is to construct a grammar of the language.

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