The structure of CPs

Look at the following examples:

a) The child wanted to know [CP when his father would be back].
b) The man announced [CP that he would hand in his notice].
c) [CP When will John leave England]?

1. For each CP, identify the element that is situated in the head position and indicate the abstract features on the the head C. List the complement and specifier. Name the category of those heads, complements and specifiers that are overtly realised

  • If the head is not overtly realised, or if specifiers are absent, insert "/". Use "t" for traces.
  • To indicate the abstract head features, choose from the following list of abbreviations: (+tns/+agr); (-tns/-agr); (+WH); (-WH); (+poss).
  • Use the following abbreviations to indicate the category: NP, DP, VP, AP, PP, AdvP, IP, CP for phrases. If heads or specifiers are not lexically realised, insert "/".

a) The child wanted to know [CP when his father would be back].
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b) The man announced [CP that he would hand in his notice]
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c) [CP When will John leave England]?


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2. Draw a simplified tree diagram to represent the structure of each CP.

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