complement clause


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com′plement clause`



n.
a subordinate clause that functions as the subject, direct object, or prepositional object of a verb, as that you like it in I'm surprised that you like it. Also called com′plement sen`tence.
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Turning to the boundaries of this wh-movement we find that it is licensed across clause boundary from embedded 'tenseless' clauses as in (13), or from tensed embedded complement clauses with matrix verbs that select [-wh] complement clause like [?
Hence, Franks' proposal implies that a complement clause of bridge verbs is not a CP but a TP, as shown in (11a).
If the complement clause "that Charles had broken his truck" codifies the mind of Sean, the truthfulness of this proposition cannot be assessed by comparing it to the real world, but only to Sean's mental world.
According to this author the degree of complexity of a complement clause is shown by the number of complements and adjuncts there are between the complement and main verb or predicate.
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).
The strategy of juxtaposing two clauses can also be used when dealing with verbs such as 'want', which would be expressed by a complement clause in target-like Portuguese (12):
ABSTRACT: This paper investigates the historical trajectory of the complement clause initiated by the conjunction se (if/whether) in Portuguese.
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.
Since both the subject and the object slots in a sentence are filled by nouns or noun equivalents, the clause 'that the evidence was inadmissible' is a noun or complement clause.
Any belief report can be read transparently, with the complement clause expressing exactly the content it does when standing alone, but an opaque reading is warranted when the speaker is taken as saying something more.
B) A propositional attitude report `A Ved that p' (for some propositional attitude verb P) is true only if the proposition (or proposition-like content) expressed by the complement clause p matches the proposition (or proposition-like content) of the agent's attitude.

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