Author Topic: OBJECT CONTROL STRUCTURES  (Read 8096 times)

Offline mallu

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« on: December 07, 2014, 07:59:04 AM »
Where can I find a list of verbs that can form object control predicates?  I have some like decided, advised, persuaded, remind. There should be more? Please help.

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2014, 12:24:10 PM »
decided? "...decided you to do it"??

This topic is discussed often in syntax textbooks and elsewhere. I would suggest just searching for the term "object control" and making a list of all the verbs you see. It may not be comprehensive but it will cover the ones normally discussed in the literature.

If you need a comprehensive list, you'll have to figure it out yourself, I think, and based on the specific language (is this just English?) in question. You can try to think about similar meanings, of course. But one systematic way to do it would be to use corpora-- find the verbs that most often occur in the form "VERB Pronoun To Verb". You could do a search like that on the BYU corpora website for example (try COCA probably). That'll give you a lot of relevant information, though not some of the least common words used today. Just check the semantics to be sure they're right. A couple words like "promise" will be subject control.

Also you can look at a grammar of the language for a list. For English, the standard for this is still Visser's 1960s-1970s 4-volume grammar with a very comprehensive list of verbs. ("An historical syntax....")
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