End of ADS-L Digest - 7 Dec 1995 to 8 Dec 1995 ********************************************** There are 3 messages totalling 82 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Perspective on/of 2. root beer preferences (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 00:28:56 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: Perspective on/of Dennis-- Et al.-- 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 forms an IC with , as shown by the commutation test of being switchable to prenominal position with a following GEN suffix: . This then forms an IC with , which serves as a kind of "object" of . Perhaps the difference in preposition usage reflects Fillmore's observation that an inherent P would tend to override a structural when the latter was serving as a subjective or objective genitive marker. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)