The Spanish imperfecto as a construal form for the conceptualization of state of affairs in journalistic texts

  • This study adopts a cognitive approach to the analysis of the use of the Spanish imperfecto as a construal form for the conceptualization of state of affairs in certain journalistic texts. In doing so, the main focus of the study is to investigate cognitive processes like modalization and subjectivization, which are related to the speaker’s standpoint and to his subjective, not grammatically motivated, decision to use the imperfective instead of the perfective form. By the help of the corpus programmes GlossaNet and CREA (corpus of the Real Academia Española) we analyze the imperfective use of some Spanish verbs, which are semantically perfective in nature so that the normative use would require a perfective form. In other words, we investigate how the speaker/journalist construes a reality or situation to be expressed by means of the imperfecto and show that this use of the imperfect is typical for journalistic discourse.

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Author details:Verónica Julia BöhmORCiDGND, Anja HennemannORCiDGND
Publication type:Article
Publication year:2018
Publishing institution:Universität Potsdam
Release date:2018/09/13
Tag:Spanish imperfect; cognitive grammar; modalization; subjectivization
Number of pages:18
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Romanistik
DDC classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
License (German):License LogoCC-BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International
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