I have a question about objects/subjects in catenative clauses such as He told his daughter to tidy her room.
I’ve found two main kinds of analysis of clauses such as these – those where his daughter is considered an object in the superordinate clause, and those where it’s considered the subject of the embedded non-finite clause.
In a couple of comments to an answer at What are these Auxiliary-like verbs?, Bill J mentions the idea of a raised object, which somehow seems to indicate that his daughter can be simultaneously analysed as being an object in the superordinate clause (a raised object), and, at the same time, a subject in the non-finite subclause. Is this a correct understanding?
It seems very odd though... Any clarification would be much appreciated.