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Re: quadrivalent verb

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 12:50
On the one hand, I'm not sure the "that" qualifies as an adposition
here.  If you plop a clause into any other argument slot, you need a
"that", even if it's not acting as a conjunction:

"That he's not coming is assured" - Subject

On the other, you can't put anything *but* a clause into the alleged
fourth argument slot of "bet", whereas the other three can have
arbitrary pronoun/noun phrases.  Which makes me think it's not really
an argument slot.

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 8:34 AM, Eugene Oh <un.doing@...> wrote:
> This is much different from the book sale example. The clause "he's not > coming" should not qualify because it is missing an optional "that" in > front, whereas "her" in the book sale example was genuinely promoted via a > syntactic switch to fulfill the same purpose as the preposition. > And, since the preposition "to" qualifies in argument-defining, the > preposition "for" should also qualify. > > Eugene > > On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 4:06 PM, Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>wrote: > >> On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 00:54, Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...> >> wrote: >> > As for English tetravalent verbs; maybe "bet" is a good one? >> >> Hm, compelling. >> >> For example, "[I] bet [you] [20 bucks] [he's not coming]". >> >> Cheers, >> -- >> Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> >> >
-- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>