Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 279–301 | Cite as

Infinitives in a for-to dialect

  • Alison Henry

This paper considers the structure of infinitives in Belfast English, which allows a wide range of infinitives to be preceded by for to. It is argued that the for of for to is the complementizer for, which differs from standard English for in being able to cliticize to to. This accounts for a number of features of infinitives in the dialect, including the placement of negation and the possibility of the infinitival subject preceding for. The implications of this analysis for the structure of infinitives in general is discussed, in particular in relation to the subcategorization of verbs which take infinitival complements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Henry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationUniversity of Ulster at JordanstownNewtownabbeyN. Ireland, UK

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