An HPSG approach to the who/whom puzzle


  • Takafumi Maekawa University of Essex



Order domains were originally proposed to deal with constituent order, but have recently been concerned with more than just linearization. This paper seeks to contribute to this discussion by considering the possibility of analysing word forms in terms of order domains. We focus on the distribution of the English relative and interrogative pronouns who and whom. It is shown that a small number of constraints can accommodate the seemingly complex body of data. In particular, a linearization-based constraint can provide a straightforward account for the quite puzzling distribution which who and whom show in one of the register types.


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Maekawa, Takafumi. 2005. An HPSG approach to the who/whom puzzle. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 290–310. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2005.16) ( (Accessed September 21, 2023.)