By Andrew Radford
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L either does or doesn’t allow any finite verb to have a null subject. g. no language in which it is OK to say Drinks wine (meaning ‘He/she drinks wine’) but not OK to say Eats pasta (meaning ‘He/she eats pasta’). The range of grammatical variation found across languages appears to be strictly limited to just two possibilities – languages either do or don’t systematically allow finite verbs to have null subjects. A more familiar aspect of grammar which appears to be parametrised relates to word order, in that different types of language have different word orders in specific types of construction.
Those aspects of grammar which are subject to parametric variation from one language to another). The obvious way to determine just what aspects of the grammar of their native language children have to learn is to examine the range of parametric variation found in the grammars of different (adult) natural languages. e. ) The finite (present tense) verb speak in the English sentence (22a) requires an overt subject like they, but its Italian counterpart parlanospeak in (22b) has no overt subject.
Ii) What think you he hath confessed? iii) (w) What will this come to? ii) What visions have I seen! i) Helpful hints Take none in 3, more in 5 and what in 10 to be quantifiers with a noun as their complement (and assume that the negative quantifier is spelled out as no if immediately followed by its complement, but as none otherwise). Note that 1–5 are declarative sentences (used to make a statement), 6 is an imperative sentence (used to issue an order), 7–9 are interrogative sentences (used to ask a question) and 10 is an exclamative sentence (used to exclaim amazement).
An Introduction to English Sentence Structure by Andrew Radford