Picky predicates: why believe doesn’t like interrogative complements, and other puzzles

Natural Language Semantics 27 (2):95-134 (2019)

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Maria Aloni
University of Amsterdam
Floris Roelofsen
University of Amsterdam
Abstract
It is a long-standing puzzle why predicates like believe embed declarative but not interrogative complements and why predicates like wonder embed interrogative but not declarative complements. This paper shows how the selectional restrictions of a range of predicates can be derived from semantic assumptions that can be independently motivated.
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