Explaining DPs vs. CPs without syntax
Patrick D. Elliott
September 2016

This paper argues that *that*-clauses and DPs compose with embedding verbs in fundamentally different ways, building primarily on observations by Pietroski (2000) on the verb *explain*. Departing from Pietrsoki and others, I argue meaning alternations with embedded *that*-clauses and DPs are not a reflex of syntactic category, on the basis of evidence from a class of DPs which I dub *Propositional DPs* (PropDPs).
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Reference: lingbuzz/003128
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Published in: Proceedings of CLS 52 (submitted)
keywords: argument structure, selection, embedding, event semantics, semantics, syntax
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