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Introduction To Part One

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Of the two types of complementation after governing verbs, object complement clauses are most widely attested in all languages. Also in Earlier Egyptian, where survival and evenness of the evidence are always an issue, a wide variety of matrix verbs with object complements other than the bare infinitive abound in the textual corpus. Object complement modality is inherently linked to the type of semantic-pragmatic dependency of the complement from the main verb. A complement may be 'meaning-dependent' of a governing verb with respect to its time, propositional attitude and information value. With verbs that express propositional attitude towards the complement situation/information, or content of communication, the role of the co(n)text and of the real versus original speaker is highly significant across languages. Finally, there are verbs that render their complements 'informatively' dependent by indicating that the latter are presupposed background; a verb of this sort is e.g. regret.

Keywords: Earlier Egyptian; governing verb; main verb; object complement modality



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