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Subjunctive complements in Serbian/Croatian: Distributional issues

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (non peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Author Socanac Tomislav,
Project Une étude comparative des propriétés syntaxiques du subjonctif
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Original article (non peer-reviewed)

Journal Generative Grammar in Geneva
Volume (Issue) 8
Page(s) 1 - 21
Title of proceedings Generative Grammar in Geneva

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Subjunctive complements in Serbian/Croatian (SC) exhibit unusual distributional patterns because the range of predicates that select them is much wider than in most other languages. The result of this is a great semantic diversity of subjunctives in SC. I explain this diversity by demonstrating that different complements of this type exhibit significant differences in their structural make-up upon reaching the syntax-semantics interface, which produces different semantic inputs. The analysis I propose allows me to put all subjunctive complements in SC on a common semantic mood scale.