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Complement Clauses and Grammatical Relations in Finnish
Complement Clauses and Grammatical Relations in Finnish looks at
complement clauses in Finnish both from a syntactic and a semantic point of
view. All seven of the complement clause types used in Finnish are
discussed including a detailed discussion on the argument(s) of the main
verb that these clauses fill as well as how the arguments of the main clause
and the complement clause inter-relate. There is also discussion about the
semantics of complement clauses and the verbs with which these co-occur.
The most common and important semantic classes of verbs that may govern
complement clauses are discussed and it is shown that the types of
complement clause that any verb may occur with are determined both by
syntactic considerations (such as what types of argument the verb governs
and what types of argument the complement clause may fulfil) and by the
semantics of both the complement clause and the main verb. The hypothesis
that there is a strong semantic relationship between complement clauses and
the verbs that the occur with is shown to be true for Finnish.
This study also provides some cross-linguistic information on complement
clauses as well as a detailed discussion on the controversial usage of the so-
called nominative, accusative, genitive and partitive cases in Finnish and
their relationship with the arguments S, A and O.