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On the selection of mood in complement clauses

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Abstract

In this paper, the selection of indicative or subjunctive for complement clauses in Romance languages is considered, the proposal being made that the selection of one or another mood is related to the kind of attitude expressed by the main predicate. Specifically, indicative is selected when the expressed attitude is one of knowledge or belief, otherwise subjunctive being selected. Hence, a relation is established between epistemic or doxastic modality and the selection of indicative, while subjunctive is not linked to any particular kind of modal value.

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