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Master of Arts (MA)
'Raising', a rule of transformational syntax, is considered to be a language universal. This thesis challenges its universality on the basis of evidence from Modern Persian. Whereas in English the subject of the embedded sentence may be raised to object of the matrix verb, in Persian the embedded sentence is restructured, forming a noun phrase, and the S-node is pruned. This renders centre-embedding more manageable and precludes extrapositioning.
Interviews with native speakers and my own knowledge of Persian provide the data for these conclusions.
Jones, Linda M., "Raising in Persian" (1983). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 7196.
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