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  • What is meant by the term subcategorization?

    Answer: Subcategorization refers to the property of verbs (and adjectives) of allowing only certain patterns of complement structure to follow them. For example, laugh cannot be followed by an NP in English, (so it subcategorizes none) and tell can be followed by a NP and then a VP in the infinitive form, such as tell Peter to buy petrol (so it subcategorizes np_vp:inf).