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Affirmative Object Complementation After Notionally Non-Assertive Verbs

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The chapter provides strong empirical support for the hypothesis of ntt/wnt in Earlier Egyptian as realis modal operators and their absence as a signal of irrealis modality. In Earlier Egyptian the irrealis modality of the object complement clauses of these non-assertive verbs is determined by the notional properties of the complement clauses. That is, the primary vantage point from which the modal status of their complements as nonasserted is assigned is that of original speaker and speech context. The grammatical organisation of Earlier Egyptian object complementation after verbs of prevention and causation/enablement is perfectly logical. Once again, the complement construal reflects the semantic character of the main verb, the intrinsic meaning and function of the form(s) involved and the mutual compatibility of these in different illocutionary contexts.

Keywords: affirmative verbs; complement clauses; Earlier Egyptian object complementation; irrealis modality; non-assertive verbs



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