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Unformatted text preview: former roommate at UCLA that John made a birthday card last Sunday”. 2 (ii) Bill talked to the girl at the front desk. b* It is the girl that John likes at the front desk. c* It is at the front desk that John likes the girl. “At the front desk” is a complement to “the girl” and hence they form one constituent. Example b tries to cleave only “the girl”, leaving “at the front desk” at the back, creating a mistake. Example c is wrong because the state of the verb “like” cannot be modified hence cannot take a complement, just like “know” and “recognize” mentioned in our lecture. And also for the same reason as in example a, with “the girl at the front desk” as one constituent, it is not correct to cleave part of it out....
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- Spring '12
- Correctness, Model theory, American novels, Cleavage Furrow