What's wrong with believing whether

Nadine Theiler, Floris Roelofsen, Maria Aloni

Abstract


It is a long-standing puzzle why verbs like believe and think take declarative but not interrogative complements (e.g., *Bill believes whether Mary left), while closely related verbs like know and be certain take both kinds of complements. We show that this contrast can be derived from the fact that believe and think, unlike know and be certain, are neg-raising verbs. 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/salt.v27i0.4125