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Volume 31, Issue 1


Not a fact: A synchronic analysis of el hecho de and o facto de

Patrícia Amaral / Manuel Delicado Cantero
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Published Online: 2019-05-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/probus-2018-1007


This paper provides empirical evidence showing that the clause-taking nominals el hecho de (Spanish) and o facto de (Portuguese) are not reliable tests of factivity of predicates, as commonly assumed in the literature. Naturally occurring data from both languages show that these nominals are compatible with a wide range of predicates and that they occur in sentences with both factive and non-factive interpretations. Our findings contribute to the debate on the syntactic and semantic properties of clause-taking nominal constructions, clausal nominalization in Ibero-Romance, and to current research on the nature of factivity.

Keywords: factivity; clause-taking nominals; nominalization; Spanish; Portuguese


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Published Online: 2019-05-10

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Citation Information: Probus, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 1–27, ISSN (Online) 1613-4079, ISSN (Print) 0921-4771, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/probus-2018-1007.

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