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Is 'raising' an outdated concept in modern linguistics?

No, Raising is alive and well, but the conception of Raising as a transformation is moribund, because transformations are no longer accepted. So, if we believe in Raising, and Raising is a ...
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direct object and indirect object

That's correct. In English, a ditransitive verb (one that takes both a direct and an indirect object) can usually have two different word orders: S V D to I, or S V I D. In other words, "he gave the ...
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Ontological status of syntactic transformations

As a minor technical correction, syntactic theories in the generative tradition do not involve transformations, they used to involve transformations, 50 years ago. Current generative syntax is very ...
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grammar of the 'in the following'

Colons almost always present a list. Even when they're used to clarify what the preceding, possibly ambiguous sentence means, this is in essence listing. I went to the shop and bought five things: tea,...
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Ontological status of syntactic transformations

The ontological status of theories of syntax is information, which is virtual. By virtual, I mean that information is a pattern that has to be carried out in some real-world thing, in order to exist, ...
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Is there a name or formalism for transforming imperative commands to personalized phrases?

The sentences on the left are known as indirect speech, and the ones on the right are known as direct speech. This is a more general phenomenon; the matrix clause need not be a command (as in your ...
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Approaching the topic of transformational grammar

Given your background, I'd suggest starting with the Chomsky hierarchy, keeping in mind the Peters-Richie result. Also relevant is the demonstration that the classical transformational grammar of ...
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