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The HPSG analysis of verb-clusters

The now standard analysis within HPSG of such verb-clusters is based on ideas from Categorial Grammar (cf. for example [5]) and defined within the HPSG framework by [2]. In this analysis auxiliary verbs subcategorize for an unsaturated verb-phrase and for the complements that are not yet realized by this verb-phrase. In other words, the arguments of the embedded verb-phrase are inherited by the auxiliary.

For example, the auxiliary `wil' might be defined as in figure 1.

Figure 1: The modal auxiliary `wil'.
\mbox{\it stem} (\avm{
\mbox{\sc verbal} \\
\mbox{\it sc} :\mbox{A} } \vert \mbox{A}\rangle }).

If we assume an application rule that produces flat vp-structures, then we obtain the derivation in figure  2 for the infinite verb-phrase

\dots Arie boeken wil kunnen geven

Figure 2: The parse tree for the verb-phrase `arie boeken wil kunnen geven'.

Noord G.J.M. van