I'd like to ask about the interpretation of (1), though the author didn't mention that (1) is actually ambiguous.

(1) Who did Philby know that Angleton suspected?
(R. May, Logical Form)

Do you agree that (1) can be rewritten either as (2) or (3)?

(2) a. Who, [of/among] those Philby knew, did Angleton suspect?
b. Who did Philby know of that Angleton suspected?
(3) Who, [of/among] those Angleton suspected, did Philby know he suspected?

Thank you in advance
Seiichi MYOGA

I'd appreciate it if you could also let us know the meaning of "know" of (3).
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Dear JerryS

I appreciate your help and comments, as always.

quote:
Who did Philby know of/among those that Angleton suspected?


I think this means "Who did Philby know ___ of those (or among those) that Angleton suspected?"

By ___ I mean the place from which "Who" moves.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Seiichi MYOGA
Dear JerryS

I appreciate your help and comments.

Unlike my mother tongue, something "moves" in English. For example, "who" in (4a) was originally in the object position of "know" as in (4b) and then moved to sentence initial position. There are several ways to show the place the wh-word comes from, including "___."

(4) a. Who did Philby know ___?
b. did Philby know who


As for (4a), there are two possible places where "who" originated: (4b)[=... who of those...] and (4c)[... suspected who].

(4) a. Who did Philby know of those that Angleton suspected?
b. did Philby know who of those that Angleton suspected
c. did Philby know of those that Angleton suspected who

So it's important for non-native speakers to know which you mean.

Seiichi MYOGA
quote:
(4) a. Who did Philby know of those that Angleton suspected?

b. did Philby know who of those that Angleton suspected

c. did Philby know of those that Angleton suspected who


Only b works, as there's no continuation to justify c.

Also, b must be reformulated in order to be proper English:

b. Philby knew/did know someone/some of those that Angleton suspected.

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