Author Topic: On the Predicate Internal Subject Hypothesis and DP Predicates  (Read 5310 times)

Offline Morphosyntax

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One standard assumption is that the subject of a clause originates from the specifier of its predicate, following the predicate internal subject hypothesis. For example, the subject of a simple transitive sentence would originate from [Spec, VP] (or [Spec, vP]) and the subject of a copular sentence with an adjectival predicate would originate from [Spec, AP].

One question arises when DP predicates are involved. In a sentence such as "this is Mary's watch", the specifier of the DP is occupied by "Mary".



The subject is, therefore, unable to be base-generated in [Spec, DP]. Where is it base-generated then? How does the hypothesis account for this?

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Re: On the Predicate Internal Subject Hypothesis and DP Predicates
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2016, 01:12:22 PM »
>>>The subject is, therefore, unable to be base-generated in [Spec, DP]<<< Where from you got this idea?

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Re: On the Predicate Internal Subject Hypothesis and DP Predicates
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2016, 04:03:33 PM »
Without subscribing to the view that an XP allows multiple specifiers, it would be obvious that "this" couldn't be base-generated in [Spec, DP] because it is occupied by "Mary".