The nonsentential analysis of the InfC. Those authors who support a nonsentential analysis (e.g.
The sentential analysis of the InfC. Those authors who define the InfC as a clause claim that this complement consists of only one constituent.
--In Spanish (19a) and in French (19b) the pronoun replacing the InfC is neutral.
According to my hypothesis, the InfC does not necessarily constitute a homogeneous class because its internal structure depends--among other factors--on the modality of the main PV: visual or auditory.
I claim that it is the difference between the eventive or objectival nature of the perception process that explains--to a large extent--the difference in the syntactic position of the subordinated participant in the InfC. The InfC subordinated to a visual PV prototypically has a nonsentential structure and the subordinated participant is conceptualized as the DO of the PV.
What is more, it is the eventive nature of auditory perception and the corresponding sentential structure of the InfC that explains the higher number of anteposed [NP.sub.2]s in the domain of the auditory PVs.
Before concluding this article, I would like to stress that the observed correlations between on the one hand visual perception, the nonsentential nature of the InfC and the postposition of [NP.sub.2] and, on the other hand, between auditory perception, the sentential nature of the InfC and the anteposition of [NP.sub.2] are prototypical correlations which certainly allow exceptions.
The high degree of dynamicity of the auditory stimuli can also be linked to the eventive nature and the sentential structure of the InfC. The objectival character of visual perception can be related to the nonsentential structure of the InfC.
(Declerck 1982: 163) (31.) In order to be comprehensive two other possible analyses of the internal structure of the InfC should be mentioned.
--Finally, InfCs describing impersonal natural phenomena are characterized by the absence of a responsible participant:
--The coordination of several InfCs shows that it is the entire complement which is subordinated to the PV and not only [NP.sub.2]: