ERIC Number: ED109907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May-13
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Sentential Complementation in Romanian.
This paper explores the syntactic properties, in Romanian, of one kind of subordination, namely Sentential Predicate Complementation. Some generalizations are offered concerning the relationship between the meaning and the syntactic properties of these constructions. The complement structures are isolated into groups according to verb selection: (1) verbs which permit no independent selection of complement subject or tense; and (2) verbs with no restrictions on complement subject or tense. These categories are then examined for consistent semantic content. It is concluded that when tense in the embedded sentence is redundant, it is eliminated and either the infinitive or subjunctive, both essentially tenseless, is inserted. When, however, there are no restrictions, indicative complements occur, since the indicative contains the full range of tenses. Since similar principles seem to exist in English and other Romance languages, it is suggested that some principles of economy are at work in the distribution of complement constructions. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Institute of International Studies (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
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