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AUGUSTO, Marina R.A.. Factive structures: syntactic patterns. DELTA [online]. 2003, vol.19, n.2, pp.277-301. ISSN 0102-4450.

This paper investigates the relationship between structural and semantic properties of factive sentences and the pattern of extraction exhibited. It is argued that a classification as weak or strong island is unfeasible for what has been termed Factive Island. The kinds of structures allowed as factive complements are analyzed as well as their corresponding behavior concerning extraction. The common feature these structures show is their presuppositional character, which is derived from a selection requirement. I assume that factive predicates select a [+ specific] complement. The differences showed concerning extraction constitute a spontaneous effect from the structural way each construction may satisfy this requirement.

Keywords : generative theory; factivity; specificity; movement.

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