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It seems unwise to regard the infinitive complement as an alternation of want, so I am regarding it as an instance of the basic coding frame.

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(345)
I want an icecream.
I
I
want
want
an
an
icecream
icecream
‘I want an icecream.’
(347)
I want you.
I
I
want
want
you
you
‘I want you.’
(342)
I want to go home.
I
I
want
want
to
to
go
go
home
home
‘I want to go home.’
(343)
I want you to wait here.
I
I
want
want
you
you
to
to
wait
wait
here
here
‘I want you to wait here.’
(344)
She wants to know what you think about it.
she
she
wants
wants
to
to
know
know
what
what
you
you
think
think
about
about
it
it
‘She wants to know what you think about it.’
(346)
I want a lift into town.
I
I
want
want
a
a
lift
lift
into
into
town
town
‘I want a lift into town.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# WANT Coding set Argument type
1 wanter NP-nom V.subj A
2 wanted thing NP-acc P

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
N
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n