Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 00:28:56 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: Perspective on/of
I agree completely with your analysis of Steve's Martians. As I
suggested previously, "of" expresses the genitive relationship in this
nominal construction, in which "Martian scientists" serves as a "subject"
or agent (what traditional grammarians called the "subjective genitive").
The PP of Martian scientists forms an IC with perspective , as shown
by the commutation test of being switchable to prenominal position with
a following GEN suffix: Martian scientists' perspective . This then forms
an IC with on issues of linguistic difference , which serves as a kind of
"object" of perspective . Perhaps the difference in preposition usage
reflects Fillmore's observation that an inherent P would tend to override
a structural of when the latter was serving as a subjective or objective
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)