Volume 33, Issue 1
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This paper investigates the semantics of the Greek subjective attitude verbs (‘find’) and (‘consider’). I present data from Greek where both verbs embed small clauses including evaluative adjectives (‘tasty’, ‘attractive’) and I develop a tentative analysis for each verb following Sæbø’s (2009) account of and Chierchia’s (1995) analysis for generic predicates. I propose that: a) is a stage-level subjective verb expressing transitory opinions about objects of evaluation as viewed within a particular experience situation; b) is an individual-level subjective verb expressing generic opinions about objects of evaluation as realised across various experience situations. This approach explains the observed contrasts between the two verbs. Moreover, it shows that the individual- and stage- level distinction is manifested in attitude verbs and that language employs distinct verbs depending on how an object of evaluation is viewed by the relevant judge.


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