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The anti-rogativity of non-veridical preferential predicates

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Amsterdam Colloquium 2017
EditorsAlexandre Cremers, Thom van Gessel, Floris Roelofsen
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAmsterdam Colloquium - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Dec 201722 Dec 2017


ConferenceAmsterdam Colloquium
Abbreviated titleAC


Clause-embedding predicates come in three major varieties: (i) responsive predicates (e.g. know) are compatible with both declarative and interrogative complements, (ii) roga-tive predicates (e.g. wonder) are only compatible with interrogative complements, and (iii) anti-rogative predicates (e.g. hope) are only compatible with declarative complements. It has recently been suggested that these selectional properties are at least partly semantic in nature. In particular, it is proposed that the anti-rogativity of neg-raising predicates like believe comes from the triviality in meaning that would arise with interrogative comple-ments. This paper puts forward a similar analysis for non-veridical preferential predicates such as hope. In so doing we also aim at explaining the fact that their veridical counterparts such as be happy are responsive.


Amsterdam Colloquium


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Event: Conference

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