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Non-Propositional Intentionality$
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Alex Grzankowski and Michelle Montague

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198732570.001.0001

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Intensional Transitive Verbs and Abstract Clausal Complementation

Intensional Transitive Verbs and Abstract Clausal Complementation

(p.46) 3 Intensional Transitive Verbs and Abstract Clausal Complementation
Non-Propositional Intentionality

Marcel den Dikken

Richard Larson

Peter Ludlow

Oxford University Press

There is a correlation between intensionality and syntax: intensionality manifests itself with all clausal complement constructions. For example, “Max imagined that Boris was approaching”. Although pervasive, there are apparent counterexamples. Sentences featuring intensional transitive verbs such as “Max wanted Boris” and “John imagined a unicorn”, exhibit intensionality effects but do not appear to have clausal complements. This chapter defends a view of intensional transitive constructions which is intuitive and quite familiar, but one which has also been widely discounted. Specifically, the defense is of the proposal deriving from Quine and Montague that despite surface appearances, intensional transitive constructions are not transitives at all, but rather clausal complement constructions containing concealed material.

Keywords:   Intensional transitive verbs, intentionality, intensionality, attitude ascriptions, clausal complement constructions

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