97 ‘Want’ complement subjects

This feature is described more fully in chapter 97.


In this feature (based on WALS feature 124, by Martin Haspelmath), we look at same-subject complement clauses of ‘want’ (e.g. She wants to go home). The main question is whether the ‘want’ complement clause, whose subject is referentially identical with the ‘want’ subject, contains an overt subject pronoun, or is left implicit. Some languages do not use a ‘want’ verb, but instead have a desiderative affix on the verb, or an uninflected adverb-like particle meaning ‘want’.


Susanne Maria Michaelis, Martin Haspelmath and the APiCS Consortium


The complement subject is left implicit581371
The complement subject is expressed overtly01313
Desiderative verbal affix112
Desiderative particle101

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