UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 10 (1998)

The attributary structure, evidential meaning, and the semantics of English SOUND-class verbs

Nikolas Gisborne

This paper discusses a class of English verbs which express a kind of evidential modality and which display a unique kind of predicative complementation, which is here called the "attributary" structure. The different kinds of predicative complementation these verbs show are implicated in their semantics. Recognising the attributary structure helps solve a long- standing problem in the history of these verbs.

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