This kind of reanalysis of the complement clause
is considered to be a possible source of Latvian and Lithuanian reported evidentials (see Walchli 2000 : 194-195).
In the complement clause
, the copular predicate relates a description (the subject noun phrase--the Tower) to a situated reference (the complementary descriptive phrase--the tall building on the corner of the square), with the sense 'the Tower is to be identified as the tall building on the corner of the square.
Auxiliaries will be treated as heads of clauses that govern a complement clause
headed by an infinitival or participial head.
The epistemic verbs arva- 'think (have the opinion)', usku- 'believe', and tead- 'know' are prototypical transitive verbs that take two arguments, one of which can be a complement clause
For instance, a common type of LDA in various languages involves antecedence by a main clause subject of a reflexive found in a complement clause
, often subjunctive, as in the Icelandic example in 1a cited in Ruth Reeves.
Just as the complement clause
in (I) represents a mental state of the agent of the main clause, viz.
Thus, there is a lesser degree of semantic/pragmatic integration between the matrix clause and a presuppositional finite complement clause
than there is between the matrix clause and an implicational nonfinite complement.
This article deals with the representation of complement sentences in a speaker's mental grammar, and the contribution of complement-taking predicates and complement clause
types to the overall meaning of the complement sentence.
In Verhagen's terms, standard accounts thus treat the matrix clause as an object of conceptualization, while the complement clause
the situation was dangerous as subordinate to it.
With the deletion of the complementizer, the complement clause
loses its structural marker, and it might conceivably be assumed that when the clausal
The contrast between a complement clause
with and without a complementizer is thus in German part of a larger syntactically significant contrast; a complementizer cannot be optionally omitted in German.
In some cases, the nature of the main verb determines the temporal interpretation of the complement clause