Chapter published in:Complement Clauses in Portuguese: Syntax and acquisition
Edited by Ana Lúcia Santos and Anabela Gonçalves
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 17] 2018
► pp. 213–240
Subjunctive and subject obviation in Portuguese
Subject obviation refers to the impossibility of the subject of an embedded clause to be co-referent with the main clause’s subject. This is verified in complementation structures of some predicates that select the subjunctive, but not in those of other predicates. A semantic explanation is proposed, based on Giannakidou’s concept of veridicality, for why only some of the predicates that select the subjunctive mood trigger obviation.
Keywords: (subject) obviation, complement clauses, subjunctive, (non) veridicality, agentivity
Published online: 16 August 2018
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