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Finite complements—putting conceptualizers on stage

Arie Verhagen

in Constructions of Intersubjectivity

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226702
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226702.003.0003
Finite complements—putting conceptualizers on stage

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This chapter discusses two ways of looking at complements. It describes problems with clauses as constituents, including issues of grammatical analysis like direct object vs. oblique object and subject vs. predicate and issues of discourse analysis and language. The chapter also explains the use and structure of complementation constructions. The following are shown: the special role of complementation in discourse structure, a template and its meaning, third-person conceptualizers and degrees of directness in intersubjective coordination, manipulating the relation between Ground and onstage conceptualizers, Wh-extraction ‘in the wild’, impersonal intersubjectivity and the irrelevance of syntactic relations, perspectival and causal connections, and clauses as discourse segments.

Keywords: complements; discourse analysis; complementation construction; conceptualizers; intersubjective coordination; syntactic relations; perspectival connections; causal connections; clauses

Chapter.  31983 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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