PB3: Lexical conditioning of syntactic structures - clause-embedding predicates

Project area 3 investigates the interaction of the specific lexical requirements of clause-embedding predicates such as claim, ask, promise, refuse, seem and the syntactic structures of embedding found in the languages under consideration. The goal is to determine whether there are systematic and cross-linguistically stable classes of relevant predicates and to what extent the lexical semantics of these predicates determines their behavior with respect clausal embedding. We are also concerned e.g. with non-canonical embedding patterns, implicit causality and finiteness and the role of clause-embedding predicates in dynamic situations of language change and language contact.


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Dr. Thomas McFadden