The Syntax of Tenselessness: Tense/mood/aspect-agreeing Infinitivals

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Mouton de Gruyter, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 226 pages
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The Syntax of Tenselessness is an in-depth investigation of verb-verb agreement phenomena in Swedish, including pseudocoordinations of the form John started and wrote 'John started writing' and double participles of the form John had been-able written 'John had been able to write'. The claim is that the relevant constructions involve (disguised) infinitivals that agree with the matrix clause in tense/mood/aspect, a surface reflex of restructuring. The book is an important contribution to the syntax of infinitivals, restructuring, and agreement in natural language.

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Anna-Lena Wiklund, University of Tromsų, Norway.

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