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Offline Morphosyntax

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Prepositional Complementisers and ACC
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:07:37 PM »
Prepositions are ACC case assigners. The subject of a non-finite clause with prepositional complementiser for gets ACC case from the preposition:

"I would like for [TP him to join me]"

Why does the PRO subject of a gerund not receive ACC case when the non-finite clause is introduced by a preposition?

"Thank youi for [TP PROi joining me]"

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Re: Prepositional Complementisers and ACC
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 07:47:32 PM »
Good question. I suppose someone maintaining that analysis would imagine some additional distinct structure in those two complement types.

Personally at least for English I like thinking of accusative as default ("elsewhere") and nominative as assigned in specific circumstances. But that's not the standard generative analysis.
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Re: Prepositional Complementisers and ACC
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 07:59:47 AM »
Prepositions are ACC case assigners. The subject of a non-finite clause with prepositional complementiser for gets ACC case from the preposition:

"I would like for [TP him to join me]"-

Why does the PRO subject of a gerund not receive ACC case when the non-finite clause is introduced by a preposition?

"Thank youi for [TP PROi joining me]"
The PRO clause is not a TP,Its a CP- the preposition for cannot case mark the PRO across a CP. Hence PRO cannot be case marked by for here.And note that for in the second sentence is not a prepositional complementizer(as far as I know) ,Its a head of the PP that is adjuncted to the VP 'thank you"
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