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The Romanian Verbs of Perception vedea and auzi. Between Direct and Indirect Perception

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LVIII (3), p. 313-327
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:Verbs of perception display the cross-linguistic ability to enter different syntactic configurations in which they denote either direct or indirect perceptions. In the current article we aim to describe and compare the syntactic structures allowed by two Romanian perception verbs (vedea ‘see’ and auzi ‘hear’) in order to determine their syntactic behaviour and to signal the correspondences between the patterns of complementation they allow and the types of perceptions they denote. We focus on nominal complementation, then we go through finite and non-finite sentential complementation, and, finally, we analyze restructured configurations with secondary predicates realized as non-finite gerund clauses. We show that, to a certain extent, the direct–indirect distinction is predictable from the patterns of complementation, but that there are also ambiguous constructions between the direct and the indirect reading. We emphasize the specific features of Romanian with respect to the lexicalization of direct / indirect perceptions in the investigated structures.
Key words:verb, direct perception, indirect perception, complementation pattern, complementizer
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 1

References in this publication: 4

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