Subject condition

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Subject Condition is a Condition on Extraction Domain, stating the impossibility of extraction from subjects.


This condition accounts for the ill-formedness of (i) and (ii), where who and what are extracted from the subject of the complement sentence.

(i)  *	I wonder who [IP [books of t] are on the table]
(ii) *	I wonder what [IP [reading t] would be boring]



  • Chomsky, N. 1986b. Barriers, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Huang, James 1982. Move wh in a language without wh-movement, Linguistic review, 369-416
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