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This paper deals with different types of verbal complementation of the German verb . It focuses on constructions that have been undergoing a grammaticalization process and thus express deontic modality, as in (ʽShe deserves to be lovedʼ) and (ʽShe deserves to liveʼ) (Diewald, Dekalo & Czicza 2021). These constructions are connected to parallel complementation types with passive and active infinitives containing a correlate , as in and , as well as finite clauses with the subordinator with and without correlative , as in and . This paper attempts to show a close comparative investigation of these six types of constructions based on their relevant semantic and syntactic properties in terms of clause linkage (Lehmann 1988). We analyze the relevant data retrieved from the DWDS corpus of the 20th century and present an expanded grammaticalization path for -constructions. The finite complementation with is regarded as an example of a separate structural option called “elaboration”. Concerning the use of correlative , it is shown that it does not have any substantial effect on the grammaticalization of modal -constructions.


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