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 in the respective languages. The goal is to determine whether there are systematic and cross-linguistically stable classes of clause-embedding predicates and to which extent the lexical semantics of the predicates determines their behavior in terms of clausal embedding. Furthermore, the role of clause-embedding predicates in dynamic situations of language change and language contact is studied for exemplary cases.


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Dr. Thomas McFadden