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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

Chapter 2 - What For?

from Part I - Approaches to Grammatical Categories and Categorial Change


The lexical item for is treated in the literature either as a preposition (We bought it for you) or as a subordinator/complementiser (I preferred for him to take the exam). In this chapter I will argue that there are good grounds for regarding for exclusively as a preposition which can license a noun phrase or clause as complement. In what follows I first take a closer look in Section 2.2 at constructions in which for appears.

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