Molly Prewett (molly_prewett_w) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Empty Category Principle

Okay, I've been attempting an assignment for a while now, and I think I've got it...but not quite sure. I'm just going to post what I've done and if someone could just let me know if I'm on the right track I'd def. appriciate it.

Q: Identify the traces in the following sentences. Show how the Empty Category Principle accounts for the grammaticality as indicated in these sentences. Use bracketing.

1. I know who Marly likes.
Ix know [(CP)whoi [(IP)Marly likes ti]]

2. Who does Mark believe to be a clown?
Whoi does [(IP)Markx believe [(IP)to be a clown ti]]

3. How did Mary see the woman who bought the car? (assume answer is "with binoculars")
How did Mary see the woman who bought the car ti

4. *How did Mary see the woman who bought the car? (assume answer is "with a credit card")
*Howi did Mary see [(CP)the woman [whoi [(IP)bought the car tx ti]]]


I've obviously confused myself. Any point in the right direction would help a lot.
Thanks.
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