Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 11:31:13 -0500 From: Katherine Catmull Subject: Re: acceptability/grammaticality judgments, please -Reply On Fri, 22 Sep 1995, Molly Dickmeyer wrote: > 2. Who does she think said ate the cake? > > This one is harder for me to understand. Perhaps: > Who does she think said "ate the cake"? > > Or is there an understood "you" here? Perhaps it's just my natural cavalier approach to spoken grammar, but this sentence made immediate sense to me. I read it as "Who does she think said [he or she] ate the cake?", with the "who" doing double-duty referring to the person who ate the cake and the person who said they ate the cake--which would of course be the same person. However, the more I re-read it, the more uncertain I get. It doesn't do to think too hard about on-the-fly grammatical constructions. Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]