Linguistics question help?
My girlfriend is studying for an entrance exam into a linguistics program... she is having trouble with this problem, and frankly, i don't know what it's talking about either.
i.*which dog does Michael think that loves bones?
ii.what does Michael think his dog loves?
In ii a complementizer deletion rule has deleted that. The rule is optional in that the sentence is grammatical with or without that.in I ,however,the complementizer must be deleted to prevent the ungrammatical sentence from being generated. What factor governs the optionality of the rule?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well, for ii you could also say "what does Michael think that his dog loves?" (the "complementizer" that is not deleted) and for i you should say "Which dog does Michael think loves bones?"
Um, so in embedded quesions, direct object complementizer deletion is optional but subject complementizer deletion is mandatory.
- ♥Vanilla Rose♥Lv 41 decade ago
You're giving me a headache dude! Do you always talk like that?
How about this instead? Much simpler...
"What does Michael's dog love?"
Stop torturing yourself at once!