Verbs of deception, point of view and polarity




The Dutch and German verbs wijsmaken/weismachen 'make wise' have an idiomatic interpretation as verbs of deception 'to fool'. As such, they have the unusual property of being contrafactive (presupposing the falsity of their complement). With second person or generic pronoun subjects, under negation and with future orientation, they are used to express disbelief on the part of the entity denoted by the indirect object. A corpus study shows this secondary use to be especially prominent in Dutch. It depends on the availability of the point of view of experiencer and is most common with first person dative objects.


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Hoeksema, Jack. 2021. Verbs of deception, point of view and polarity. Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 26–46. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2021.2) ( (Accessed December 10, 2023.)