@David, Moderator posted:
I thought you might enjoy seeing a syntax tree of the noun phrase (NP) "something that he desired should perish."
David, it is truly a pleasure to have joined this forum! I feel as though I have discovered a gem of a treasure trove...
Your syntax tree proved most helpful, for I must admit that I have never delved into such grammatical analysis until of late. It also served as the starting point for further research and led me to papers discussing this phenomenon (known as the Comp-trace effect or the that-trace effect) in greater detail! Though I am sure that both you and Gustavo are well aware of this effect, I will nevertheless share three links which were particularly edifying:
1. A concise definition of the that-trace effect from the Lexicon of Linguistics: https://lexicon.hum.uu.nl/?lem...ct&lemmacode=148
2. A more detailed overview of the effect (here, listed under its original name, the Comp-trace effect): https://www.ling.upenn.edu/~be...ch11.html#comp-trace
3. And, finally, a paper published by linguists at the University of Zürich discussing the that-trace effect in English, German and Swiss German: https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/epr..._can_be_repaired.pdf
Again, thank you so much for providing such helpful information through this forum! I have so many questions pertaining to its 'birth' and your own professional backgrounds (both yours and Gustavo's), but I fear such questioning would not be in line with the objective of The Grammar Exchange...