Plenary talk by Mikhail Knyazev at the “TMP 2023”

The talk discussed several experiments that tested the role of presuppositionality of the verb and of contextual givenness on the preference for to,chto-clauses. The results confirm the importance of both factors, but also show that presuppositionality/givenness is neither necessary nor sufficient for to,chto-clauses, contrary to some claims in the literature. The results highlight the importance of gradient constraints on syntactic constructions. The talk also looked at recent experimental studies of extractions from chto-clauses that test whether presuppositionality may be associated with a silent variant of “to”.

We invite you to listen to the plenary talk by Mikhail Knyazev here.

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