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Abstract

On the currently dominant view of superficially subjectless infinitival complements they contain a PRO subject (and are thus syntactically sentential), and denote a proposition. Sadock (2008) argues against the PRO analysis, but maintains the propositional view. This paper follows Montague&#8217;s (1973) analysis, on which such complements are VPs and denote properties, citing arguments from Chierchia (1984a, b) and Dowty (1985). I give a new argument, based on the necessarily <i>de se</i> interpretation of these complements, and respond to the analysis of Roberts (2009).

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