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Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2003, Vol. 34, No. 4, Pages 527-546
(doi: 10.1162/002438903322520142)
© 2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
On the Distribution of Null Complementizers
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The article provides a comprehensive account of the distribution of the null complementizer in English that does not appeal to the notion of government, thus contributing to the minimalist goal of eliminating arbitrary relations such as government. The account is based on Pesetsky's (1992) proposal that the null complementizer is a PF affix, which we instantiate through the affix-hopping approach to affixation. We also provide an account of several subject/object asymmetries with respect to extraction out of various clausal arguments.