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About the SpeakerTowards a Syntax of Indexicality$
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Alessandra Giorgi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571895.001.0001

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Can We Ever See the Speaker's Coordinates in the C‐layer?

Can We Ever See the Speaker's Coordinates in the C‐layer?

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(p.65) 3 Can We Ever See the Speaker's Coordinates in the C‐layer?
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About the Speaker
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Alessandra Giorgi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571895.003.0003

I concluded in the previous chapter that the Complementizer‐layer includes a position for the speaker's temporal coordinate. The issue I consider here is whether this position can ever be overtly realized by some specific element in the syntax, recognizable as a first person marked item. I show that the position projected by the speaker's coordinates is visible in some peculiar structures and that it is actually occupied by a verbal form overtly marked with first person features expressing an epistemic meaning, such as credo (I believe/I think), penso (I think), immagino (I imagine), and the like. By analysing the properties of credo (I believe/think) — the subject‐less first person present tense verbal form of the epistemic verb credere (to believe/ to think) — I show that the sequence credo (I think) + clause must be considered as a mono‐clausal structure and that credo occupies in these cases the left‐most position in the Complementizer‐layer.

Keywords:   epistemicity, adverbs, adverbials, Complementizer Deletion, first person

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