On Raising: An Inquiry into One Rule of English Grammar and Its Theoretical Implications

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For some time it has been generally accepted by students of English grammar that a rule of Raising exists and that it functions to produce derived main clause subjects. Following Rosenbaum's work, it has also been widely accepted that this rule functions in a specified class of cases to derive main clause objects.

However, in recent work, Chomsky has rejected the view that there is any Raising rule that produces derived main clause objects. According to his latest position,only...

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Overview

For some time it has been generally accepted by students of English grammar that a rule of Raising exists and that it functions to produce derived main clause subjects. Following Rosenbaum's work, it has also been widely accepted that this rule functions in a specified class of cases to derive main clause objects.

However, in recent work, Chomsky has rejected the view that there is any Raising rule that produces derived main clause objects. According to his latest position,only the derived subject function of the rule is an actual feature of English grammar.On Raising is highly critical and is devoted chiefly to supporting the claim that English does contain a rule of Raising — a rule that has the function of taking the complement subject noun phrase in certain complement constructions and reassigning it as a constituent of the main clause. The author presents something on the order of two dozen arguments that Raising produces derived objects. In the course of this discussion, he also considers various other theoretical and descriptive consequences of, and questions raised by, the existence of Raising.

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"A...resumé of the main areas of Postal's work fails to capture its full scope, for example, the extensive amount of relevant data, the intensive analysis and argumentation to justify the existence of Raising and the exhaustive footnotes (many as long as three pages) which discuss related side issues and which are in fact mini-articles and a comprehensive consideration of any possible linguistic fact which might be related to his very persuasive case. The present study is a monumental piece of linguistic scholarship which will serve as a model of competent,thorough and logical linguistic analysis." Lingua
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  • ISBN-13: 9780262660419
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1974
  • Series: Current Studies in Linguistics , #5
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Paul M. Postal is the author of many books, including On Raising and Edge-Based Clausal Syntax (both published by the MIT Press).

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