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Gentens, Caroline

The Factive-Reported Distinction in English

Series:Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM]

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    2020
    Copyright year:
    2020
    To be published:
    April 2020
    ISBN
    978-3-11-066969-5
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    This study provides a cognitive-functional account of the factive presupposition in English. It aims to elucidate the semantics of factive complementation constructions by probing three central questions: (i) how do we explain the semantic relation between the factive complement clause and particular semantic classes of complement-taking predicates? (ii) can factive complements contain speaker-related markers of modal positioning, and if so, do these relate to the current or represented speaker-hearer interaction? (iii) how can we account for seemingly conflicting combinations of so-called factive predicates with non-factive constructional alternates? These three questions are integrated into an account that highlights the interrelations between the representational semantics of the main clause, the interpersonal semantics of the complement clause, and the coercive potential of constructional combinations. As such, the study aims to complement the dominant formal pragmatic and formal syntactic theories on factivity.

    Details

    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    Approx. x, 340 pages
    5 Fig. 10 Tables
    DE GRUYTER MOUTON
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    - complement clauses can be semantically unaffected, affected, or effected by the main clause situation - factive complements can contain speaker-related modal markings related to a variety of modal sources - predicate-complement combinations can induce constructional reinterpretations

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    Caroline Gentens, University of Leuven & Stockholm University, Leuven, Belgium

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