Subjunctive; Mood; Modality; Clausal complementation; Syntax; Semantics; Syntax-semantics interface
SocanacTomislav (2019), Subjunctive complements in Slavic and Romance: A comparative perspective, in Nistratova Svetlana, Krapova Iliyana, Ruvoletto Luisa (ed.), Edizioni Ca'Foscari , Venice, Italy, 531-549.
SocanacTomislav (2018), Balkan subjunctive distribution: World semantics and default selection
, Linguistics Department, Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland.
The research project that I will develop deals with the subject of subjunctive mood, with a particular focus on the semantic and syntactic properties of clauses that feature this mood category across languages. The original motivation behind my study of this topic had to do with the fact that subjunctive (as well as mood in general) has not received sufficient attention in theoretical linguistic literature, so the overall goal of my research is to fill some of the gaps in our knowledge pertaining to this domain of grammar. The current project builds upon and refines the analysis that I developed within the scope of my doctoral studies, which focused specifically on the subjunctive mood in Slavic languages. The research I undertook in that context culminated in a number of theoretical generalizations regarding Slavic subjunctive, which will serve as the starting point for the more extensive study of subjunctive mood that will be developed during the current project. On the one hand, I will assess the broader cross-linguistic applicability of the main theoretical claims that were reached on the basis of my study of Slavic subjunctive; on the other hand, I will develop a finer study of the syntactic and the semantic properties of subjunctive clauses, which should account both for the similarities as well as the contrasts that they exhibit across languages. The refined analysis that I plan to reach in this context will then be used, during the latter part of the project, in order to lay the groundwork for a more wide-ranging research into the grammar of mood, and its relation to other grammatical domains, such as tense and aspect. An in-depth study of these issues will contribute to our understanding of the way in which grammar is organized, both from a language-specific and from a cross-linguistic perspective.