In sentence ((1)), the verb buy subcategorizes for a direct
object NP. The elementary tree anchored by buy is shown in
Figure 4.1(a) and includes nodes for the NP complement
of buy and for the NP subject. In addition to this declarative
tree structure, the tree family also contains the trees that would be
related to each other transformationally in a movement based approach,
i.e passivization, imperatives, wh-questions, relative clauses, and so
forth. Sentence ((2)) shows that buy also subcategorizes for
a double NP object. This means that buy also selects the double
NP object subcategorization frame, or tree family, with its own set of
transformationally related sentence structures.
Figure 4.1(b) shows the declarative structure for this
set of sentence structures.