In "he demanded that you be silent" How does the gb theory accounts for the bare form of the verb "be" ?

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    Government and binding theory isn't my specialty, but wouldn't it just be selected by "that"?
    – Draconis
    Oct 7, 2022 at 16:17
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    Only in the scope of certain verbs (or whatever they're called now).
    – jlawler
    Oct 7, 2022 at 19:35
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    see e.g. Liliane Haegeman 1986 The present subjunctive in contemporary British English (you can easily find it online) - if you are interested in GB, then you should know who she is
    – Alex B.
    Oct 8, 2022 at 22:55
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    @Alex B. Liliane proposes 1) the infl node of the subjunctive has unspecified T and M (tense and modal). 2) when the subjunctives occur as a dependent clauses, the infl of the matrix clause "controls" the infl of subjunctive clauses. This is very new to me as the concept of "control" as i learned it was only shown for "subject control". It seems Liliane has generalised this to infl node as well. Thank you so much Alex, your source is very on point. I will have to see papers that cited this paper to see what others have said about this proposal. Oct 12, 2022 at 5:54


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