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grammar of the 'in the following'

Consider we have the sentence My bird likes sunflower seeds. She eats a lot of seeds everyday. Using pronoun resolution we can replace she with the actual subject 'My birds'; converting 'She eats a ...
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Is 'raising' an outdated concept in modern linguistics?

Here's a paragraph from this EFL Magazine article "SUBJECT RAISING: DO YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW?" (2015): Not long ago, most linguists believed there really was a set of processes in our brains ...
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direct object and indirect object [closed]

Which is the direct object and which is the indirect object in the following sentence? The school has given David's proposal serious consideration. I think that "David's proposal" is the indirect ...
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Why does common vernacular end up being the de facto way of speaking over-time?

Throughout history, it seems that the common vernacular has always overpowered the languages that had been taught to the more educated. Notable examples would be: Greek in Rome, being the language of ...
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Is there a name or formalism for transforming imperative commands to personalized phrases?

Sorry for the bad title description, but I find it difficult to summarize so here's a few examples: "Tell my wife that I love her" -> [To wife] "I love you" "Remind me tomorrow that I have a doctor's ...
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Approaching the topic of transformational grammar

What methods & resources are available to support one's process of time-efficiently acquiring a deep understanding of transformational grammar? My technical background is that of a computational ...
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DS for a question starting with “Didn't”?

I am trying to draw a derivation for "Didn't the cat eat the mouse?" But I'm confused as to what the deep structure would be. "The cat did not eat the mouse" seems incorrect, since it is stating ...
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The reasons for displacement letters of the words in the transition between languages and dialects

I saw the displacement letters of the words in the transition between languages and dialects.For example in my language (Persian) dialects: Lajegir converted to Lagejir.I don't remember any example ...
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Is a sentence's deep structure representative of i-language?

That is to say, is the deep structure supposed to be what's happening in our head when we speak a language? Or is this just to make our model of a grammar consistent?
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“Such” as a pronoun and “Reduction Transformations”

I just ran into this in the novel "Pride and Prejudice" -"Ah! you do not know what I suffer." -"But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into ...
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Hypotheses for floating quantifier's positions in generative grammar

Regarding the floating quantifiers' theory on external argument's movement. These data raises two different problems: a) The dogs ALL should have been petted. b) *The dogs should have been ALL ...
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Why doesn't the subject prevent WH- extraction of an internal argument?

I think this is a very basic question. Whom will you invite? Why doesn't the subject you block the movement of whom? I'll try an answer: the movement of whom is not an A-movement because it isn'...
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Ontological status of syntactic transformations

Syntactic theories in the generative tradition involve transformations, i.e. movement of constituents, between deep structure and surface structure. What is actually meant by this? Is it intended as a ...