Duality of Control in Gerundive Complements of P1

Idan Landau

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Sentences like They tricked him into believing them and They charged him with abandoning them raise interesting issues for selection and control. We show that these two sentences exemplify two distinct classes, subsuming P-gerund constructions that are formed with seven distinct prepositions: implicative vs. nonimplicative constructions. The first class displays a cluster of restrictions, both syntactic and semantic, which are absent from the second class: It resists partial control or embedded lexical subjects, and it bans object drop and movement of the P-gerund phrase. The existence of these two classes, as well as their empirical profiles, follow from Landau's (2015) theory of control and challenge alternative approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Linguistics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 18 Nov 2021


  • Causative
  • Control
  • Gerunds
  • Implicative complements
  • Predication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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