Syntax: Problem Sets
and in some dialects
. Auxiliary verbs, by contrast, include such
(and all its allomorphs such as
of its allomorphs:
is, are, been, was, were
, etc.) In this book, we’ve been
treating modals and auxiliaries as both being members of the category T.
Many linguists, believe that in fact, only modals are really of category T, and
that auxiliaries are real verbs. They claim that an auxiliary and verb
combination such as “is running” is actually a stacked set of VPs:
Construct an argument in favor of the idea that modals are of category T, but
auxiliaries are really verbs. Assume the following: You may have as many V
categories as you like, but there is only one T in any tensed clause’s tree.
©2002, Andrew Carnie