Q-particles in embedded declaratives, mood, and clausal complementation

Teruyuki Mizuno

Abstract


Q-particles are functional items that are used to form alternative-related constructions. This paper investigates a hitherto understudied use of the Japanese Q-particle ka in which it occurs immediately below the declarative complementizer and imposes constraints on the doxastic state of the attitude holder. I show that this use of ka is licensed only under a limited range of attitude predicates, and once licensed, it encodes the presupposition that  the attitude holder is 'uncertain' regarding the truth value of the proposition denoted by the embedded sentence.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v31i0.5086

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