What is the date today? (subject)

Alexey86

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Usually the question's subject can be easily found in the full answer:
What is her name? -> Her name is Jane.

The full answer to What is the date today? could be either (a) Today is September 1st or (b) Today's date is September 1st.

My questions:
1) What's the question's subject, the date today or the date?
2) Is Today the real subject in (a)?
3) In (a), is Today referring to the date today or the date?
 

Alexey86

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After some thought, the date today seems to be the subject because it functions as a whole semantic unit.
By question (2) I mean maybe there is ellipsis: Today('s date) is September 1st.
 

jutfrank

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1) Yes, the subject is the date today.
2) No.
3) The word Today is a noun phrase here. The meaning is equivalent to the date today or today's date.
 
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