Control (of reference)
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Revision as of 10:31, 20 June 2007 by Linguipedia (talk | contribs) (New page: '''Control''' refers to the mechanism whereby an unexpressed notional subject, especially of a nonfinite verb such as an infinitive, gets its reference. ===Example=== In a sentenc...)
Control refers to the mechanism whereby an unexpressed notional subject, especially of a nonfinite verb such as an infinitive, gets its reference.
In a sentence like Masha asked Jorge to help him, the unexpressed subject of to help him is interpreted as being coreferential with the object Jorge. It is said to be controlled by the object noun phrase.
Control is also used for
- a notion similar to volitionality, see control (of action).
In earlier transformational grammar, the term equi-NP deletion was often used for such constructions, but it implies a different analysis.
- Manzini, Maria Rita. 1983. "On control and control theory." Linguistic Inquiry 14:421-446.
- German Kontrolle