The Subjunctive and Indicative Moods in Turkish

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Esra Predolac


This paper examines two types of nominalized embedded clauses in Turkish, namely clauses constructed with the suffix -mA and those constructed with the suffix -DIK/-AcAK. It has been frequently assumed that factivity determines the choice between -DIK\-AcAK vs. -mA, with -DIK/-AcAK labelled as the factive nominalizer and -mA referred to as the non-factive nominalizer. However, it is shown here that factivity does not play a role in the choice between -DIK/-AcAK vs. -mA. Instead, evidence is provided here that -DIK/-AcAK clauses are indicative, whereas -mA clauses are subjunctive clauses.

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