Datapoint Michif/Complements of 'think' and 'want'

Different subjects in complementizer clauses are expressed - at least for sentences with two third persons - by means of an obviative suffix versus its absence in the subordinate verb.
Roughly, if the subject of the complement clause is different from the subject of the main clause, a suffix -yi- is used (except when one is subject, and one object).

As the presence or absence of this suffix has no effect on the shape of the complementizer, one could say that the same complementizer is used in different constructions.

The verbs meaning 'think' and 'want' probably behave in the same way. In both cases probably a construction 'I think/want it that ....' and a construction 'I think/want him/her that ...' can be used, with an inanimate resp. animate transitive verb. No contrastive examples are found in our data.

Values

Identical complementizer

Example 75-243:
No iteeyihtamiyiw sa faem enn bloond ayaawaat.
No
neg
iteeyiht-am-iyi-w
think.it-3.sbj.3.obj-obv-3sbj
sa
3.f.poss
faem
wife
enn
indf.art.
bloond
girlfriend
ayaaw-aat.
have-3.sbj.3.obj
His wife does not think that he has a girlfriend.
Example 75-248:
Bachees ataameemeewak eekimutiyit larzhawn.
Bachees
John
ataameem-eew-ak
suspect-3.sbj.3obj-pl
ee-kimuti-yi-t
comp-steal-obv-3
larzhawn.
money
They suspect that John steals money. OR: They suspect John of stealing money.

Source: Laverdure & Allard 1983: 322

Example 75-249:
Fulee baen eekimutit eekiisheekihist.
Fulee
DEONT
baen
well
ee-kimuti-t
comp-steal-3
ee-kii-sheeki-h-ist.
comp-pst-be.afraid-caus-indf.ACTOR.3.obj
He had to steal as someone scared him. OR: He was intimidated into stealing.

Source: Laverdure & Allard 1983: 147

Example 75-250:
Nu kiiyaam iteemeewak chituhteet.
Nu
neg
kiiyaam
allright
iteem-eew-ak
think.anim-3.sbj.obj-pl
chi-tuhtee-t.
comp.fut-go-3
They think it is not alright for her to go. OR: They won't allow her to go.

Source: Laverdure & Allard 1983: 21

Example 75-225:
Iteehtam chikakiyaashkimikut.
Iteeht-am
think.inan-3.sbj.3.obj
chi-kakiyaashkim-iku-t.
comp-deceive.with.speech-inv-3
She thought she had been lied to by the other. OR: She thought she had been lying to her. OR: She thought that the other had lied to her.

Source: Fleury 2007

Example 75-164:
Tut li muund daweestamwak shikimuwahk.
Tut
all
li
art.m.sg
muund
people
daweest-am-wak
want.it-3.obj-3pl.sbj
shi-kimuwa-hk.
comp.fut-rain-3
All the people want that it will rain. OR: All the people want rain.

Source: Laverdure & Allard 1983: 21

Confidence:
Certain