Odd dummy subject markers

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 5 21:11:54 UTC 2006

At 4:27 PM -0200 4/5/06, Charles Doyle wrote:
>Assuming the role, apparently, of spokesman for Southern
>intuitions (!), I'll confirm that sentences with Ron's quasi-
>dummy "it" do seem usually to include a "that" dependent
>clause, though "that" itself can have been deleted (so to
>      "It said on the radio that showers are expected."
>      "It said on the radio showers are expected."
>     * "It said on the radio the prediction of showers."
>The dependant clause can be in the form of a direct
>      "It said on the radio, 'Showers are expected.'"
>      "It said on the radio, 'Expect showers.'"
>And the transformation of the clause into an infinitive
>phrase is possible:
>      "It said on the radio to expect showers."
>But that seems a little different (intuitively speaking).
>Could it occur in Northern Normal?
For me, these are all fine (expect the one you starred).


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