1.1 The Research Issue and Project Overview1
In this project I focus on the investigation of verbal complementation in Serbian. I particularly focus on and analyze da-complements which give rise to indicative interpretations as in (1) and subjunctive interpretations as in (2).
(1) Tvrdim da pišem pismo. claim-1sg. da write INP-1sg. letter I claim that I am writing the letter.
(2) Želim da pišem pismo. want-1sg. da write INP-1sg. letter I want to write a letter.
The constructions in (1) and (2) yield two different interpretations, yet they seem to employ the same da-complement. These two distinct interpretations (indicative and subjunctive) bring attention to two important questions: 1) What (syntactic, semantic, morphological) elements allow for the two different interpretations? and 2) What, if any, function da has in the formation (or interpretations) of the indicative and subjunctive moods?
(3) Imala bi više enrgije da pojedeš čokolade. have-fem. imperf. l-part. aux-2sg. more energy da eat-PNP-2sg. chocolate You would have more energy if you ate chocolate.
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