Restructuring and Implicative Properties of 'volere'


  • Valentine Hacquard



This paper deals with a puzzling interaction between Italian volere (want) and viewpoint aspect. With perfective aspect (but not with imperfective), volere acts like an implicative predicate (such as manage): the proposition expressed by its complement clause has to hold in the actual world, and not merely, as expected from a standard semantics for desire predicates (cf. Hintikka 1962, Heim 1992), in the subject’s desire worlds. I show that this peculiar effect can be explained by invoking the restructuring properties of volere. In particular, I take Italian restructuring constructions to be monoclausal (Wurmbrand 2001) and involve a single Tense and Aspect projection, resulting in a single event quantification. This single event quantification yields a single event, which has to occur both in the actual world and in all of the subject’s desire worlds. I further show that volere’s lack of implicative behavior with imperfective aspect arises from an additional layer of modality associated with the imperfective.




How to Cite

Hacquard, V. (2019). Restructuring and Implicative Properties of ’volere’. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 12, 165–179.