Infinitive vs. čtoby-clause: Choosing the strategy of sentential argument marking in Russian.

2014. №4, 13-45

Ol’ga E. Pekelis
Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, 125993, Russia;


In this paper we are concerned with the factors underlying the opposition of infinitive and subjunctive complement clauses in Russian. We discuss two classes of complement-taking predicates – manipulative and desiderative predicates, arguing that the choice of infinitive vs. subjunctive can be explained for these predicates by the «binding hierarchy» [Givón 1980], but that the very sense of «binding» needs to be somewhat revised in order to fit the Russian data.