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Volume 46, Issue 5


Functional relations in the English auxiliary system

Yehuda N. Falk
Published Online: 2008-09-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LING.2008.028


This article addresses the question of the syntactic functional relations between English auxiliaries and the verbal elements that follow them. There are two basic types of analysis: either the auxiliary is the head and the VP is the complement, or the “main verb” is the head and the auxiliary is a feature-bearing modifier. It is argued here that there is no single correct analysis for all English auxiliaries: some (do, have, will/shall, would) are feature-bearers while others are argument-taking predicates.

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Department of English, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel. E-mail: .

Received: 2005-03-02

Revised: 2005-07-21

Published Online: 2008-09-30

Published in Print: 2008-08-01

Citation Information: Linguistics, Volume 46, Issue 5, Pages 861–889, ISSN (Online) 1613-396X, ISSN (Print) 0024-3949, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LING.2008.028.

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