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In this talk, I will be presenting work on a construction I call "Why-VP" (e.g., Why take Structure of Japanese?). These constructions are incredibly common but have largely avoided syntactic analysis, with the majority of existing work focusing on its interesting semantic and pragmatic properties, whereby the speaker seems to be conveying a preference. I aim to fill this gap by proposing a structure for Why-VP based on empirical observations gathered from the NYT portion of the Gigaword corpus. I argue i) the 'why' of Why-VP is a head, ii) there is a structural subject, iii) that the structural subject raises to a position outside of vP, and iv) that the clause should be defined as non-finite, a property selected by 'why'. In the end, this syntactic structure provides the basis for a semantic analysis which relies only on independently available mechanisms, a contrast to earlier research (Gordon & Lakoff (1971), Bhatt (1998)) that proposed compositional mechanisms specific to Why-VP in order to achieve the particular pragmatic effect associated with these clauses.