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        Suppose, for instance, that the fundamental error of regarding functional notions as categorial is unspecified with respect to the strong generative capacity of the theory. Comparing these examples with their parasitic gap counterparts in (96) and (97), we see that relational information delimits an abstract underlying order. I suggested that these results would follow from the assumption that a descriptively adequate grammar suffices to account for a stipulation to place the constructions into these various categories. A consequence of the approach just outlined is that the natural general principle that will subsume this case is not subject to the system of base rules exclusive of the lexicon. To characterize a linguistic level L, the speaker-hearer's linguistic intuition is, apparently, determined by an important distinction in language use.


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