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Title: Padrões de extração em estruturas factivas
Authors: Augusto, Marina R. A.
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to investigate the relationship between structural and semantic properties of factive sentences and the pattern of extraction exhibited. Factive Island is traditionally classified as a weak island, i.e., argument extraction results grammatical, but not adjunct extraction. In languages like Modern Greek, in which a different pattern of extraction is displayed, Factive Island is assumed to be a strong island. This thesis shows that such a distinction is unfeasible. In a single language, one finds structures that show a weak island pattern of extraction as well as constructions in which a strong island behavior is attested: What did Peter regret that Mary did? *How did Peter regret that Mary fixed the car? *What did Peter regret the fact that Mary did? *How did Peter regret the fact that Mary fixed the car? I investigate which kinds of structures are allowed as factive complements and their corresponding behavior concerning extraction. The common feature these structures show is their pressupositional character, which is derived from a selection requirement. I assume that factive predicates select a [+ specific] complement. The differences showed concerning extraction constitute a spontaneous effect from the structural way each construction may satisfy this requirement.
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