Subcategorization frame

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Subcategorization frame is a formalization of the notion of subcategorization.


(i) gives the strict subcategorization frame of the verb hit. It says that the pseudo-transitive verb hit optionally (indicated by the parentheses) selects an NP-complement (a sister-node, as indicated by the square brackets) to its right (indicated by the order '__ NP' rather than 'NP __').

(i) hit: [ __ (NP)]

See also



  • Chomsky, N. 1986a. Knowledge of language: its nature, origin and use, Praeger, New York.
  • Chomsky, N. 1965. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory, Blackwell, Oxford.
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