Restructuring and Implicative Properties of 'volere'

  • Valentine Hacquard

Abstract

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.
Published
2019-07-25
How to Cite
Hacquard, V. (2019). Restructuring and Implicative Properties of ’volere’. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 12, 165-179. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2008.v12i0.583