Intensional Noun Phrases with know and be

Maribel Romero


Following Romero (2003), this paper develops a unified analysis of two types of N(oun) P(hrase)s: concealed question NPs with know and NP subjects of specificational sentences with be. It is argued that both epistemic know and specificational be are intensional verbs requiring an inten- sional semantic argument. It is further argued that this semantic argument is, in both cases, propo- sitional in nature. Crosslinguistic data on pronominalization, coordination and matching effects in free relatives are provided in support of these conclusions.


concealed question, specificational copular sentence, intensionality, connectivity, pronominalization, gender, coordination, matching effects

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