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Query Details

Query Subject:   Hornstein's 'de se'
Author:   Ana Teresa Perez-Leroux
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics
Language Documentation
History of Linguistics
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   Dear colleagues,

In Hornstein's recent LI article, he uses the term 'de se', in regards to a particular interpretation of infinitivals clauses with mental verbs. I believe that it refers to something like the contrast between the internal versus the external representation of a mental event, i.e., something like the difference between (1) & (2)

(1) I remember that I lent you the book, [the fact]
(2) but I don't remember lending you the book. [the internal memory of the event]

I am not sure this is correct, and have not been able to find other printed references to the term 'de se'. I would appreciate clarification or corrections in regards to this term, and any references that may help.

Many thanks,
Ana Perez-Leroux
LL Issue: 10.592
Date posted: 25-Apr-1999


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