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Volume 70, Issue 4


Desires, wishes and hopes – Desiderative predicates and presuppositions

André Meinunger
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Published Online: 2017-10-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2017-0026


The expression of a desire – a wish, a request, a demand, one’s will – triggers a presupposition. This has grammatical consequences, such as mood choice in Romance, verbal positioning in Germanic or complementizer selection in Slavic. Desiderative predicates are argued to contain special features of (counter-) factivity. This explains the strikingly similar behavior of emotive factive and implicative predicates as well as volitional and request expressions; it also captures some common characteristics with negated affirmative predicates.

Keywords: verbal mood; subjunctive; verb second; desideratives; optative predicates; factivity; anti-factivity


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Published Online: 2017-10-20

Published in Print: 2017-10-26

This work was supported by the German Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) (Grant Nr. 01UG0711)

Citation Information: STUF - Language Typology and Universals, Volume 70, Issue 4, Pages 611–635, ISSN (Online) 2196-7148, ISSN (Print) 1867-8319, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2017-0026.

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