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Modalverben in Komplementsätzen von Einflussprädikaten 

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In this paper, I compare finite and infinite complements embedded under predict ate of a class I call influence predicates, for instance befehlen (order), erlauben (allow), zwingen (force), ermöglichen (enable). They share the property that under some conditions, modal verbs in the complements are semantically redundant. I assume that their core meaning provides a causal operator and a modal operator modifying the embedded proposition. Empirical studies show that with regard to the redundancy of point at a fundamental difference between finite and infinite complements. Though both are propositional, only infinite complements are modally dependent from their matrix predicate while finite clauses are optionally semantically independent.