The relation between Iconicity and Subjectification in Portuguese complementation: Complements of perception and causation verbs
2010 (English)In: Cognitive Linguistics, ISSN 0936-5907, E-ISSN 1613-3641, Vol. 21, no 3, 573-600 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present paper examines the variation between finite and infinitive complements of the Portuguese perception/causation verbs ver (‘see’), ouvir (‘hear’), sentir (‘feel’), deixar (‘let’) and fazer (‘make’) from a cognitive grammar perspective. It is argued that the distribution of the structures main verb + finite/infinitive complement can be explained by iconicity and subjectification. The hypothesis is put forward that the structure perception verb + infinitive complement designates direct physical perception, while the structure perception verb + finite complement designates an inferential relation between the main verb and the complement event. In addition, the structure causation verb + infinitive complement designates direct causation, whereas causation verb + finite complement designates an indirect causation with inferential features. Further, it is claimed that the inferential and conceptually more complex character found in the structure main verb + finite complement represents a prime example of subjectification. Being so, it is argued that Portuguese complementation provides a remarkable connection between iconicity and subjectification.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: de Gruyter , 2010. Vol. 21, no 3, 573-600 p.
causation, cognitive grammar, complementation, iconicity, inference, perception, Portuguese, subjectification
Research subject Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42337DOI: 10.1515/COGL.2010.019ISI: 000282916500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-42337DiVA: diva2:345448