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Title:An investigation of "John is Easy to Please"
Author(s):Halpern, Richard Neil
Department / Program:Linguistics
Discipline:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Abstract:In this thesis, I defend Noam Chomsky's transformational account of "John is easy to please". Then, in the light of an analysis of "John is an easy man to please", based on the infinitival relative, I propose a speculative historical hypothesis concerning the origins of "John is easy to please". In addition, I attempt to explain the lexical government of object-shift and to account for the synchronic occurrence of such sentences as "John is too smart to fool" and "John is stupid enough to fool" alongside of the more conventional passivized variants "John is too smart to be fooled" and "John is stupid enough to be fooled". In, general, the emphasis is placed on attempting to account for the occurrence of complex syntax, in particular, the permuted structure found in "John is easy to please".
Issue Date:1979
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:70 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/66712
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8026510
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-13
Date Deposited:1979


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