In my syntax classes, I learnt that v-spec is specific for
agent role. The thing is, I came across a structure in the resource below:
Radford, A. (2004). Minimalist Syntax: Exploring the Structure of English
He was analyzing the structure of sentence below:
Where is it thought that he will go?
So at first, he gave a structure as below:
And then he said:
Since vP is intransitive (by virtue of the fact that the light verb has no external argument), vP is not a phase, and Transfer cannot apply at this point.
What does that mean? I learned that an
agent must always be at v-spec and
he is really and
agent there. I -at first- thought that
go does not have any accusative argument, so
he is at V-spec, but that did not make any sense at all. So, from this point, it went through this way below:
My questions are:
- Is there really any reference that an
agentoccurs in another place rather than v-spec?
- If it is possible to see
agents in another place, does that apply to all verbs not having an accusative argument but only a
agentis specific to
v-spec, then how do we describe the given example above?
- Phase Theory must be applied.