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Epistemic modality and evidentiality and their determination on a deictic basis : the case of Romance languages

  • In recent years the category of evidentiality has come into use also for the description of Romance languages. This has been contingent on a change in its interpretation from a typological category to a semantic-pragmatic category, which allows an application to languages lacking specialised morphemes for the expression of evidentiality. In the following we will first describe the theoretical framework in which we use the category of evidentiality for the description of Romance languages. A key question to be elucidated here will be the determination of evidentiality as a deictic phenomenon. This will also be the basis for discussing the distinction between evidentiality and epistemic modality.

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Author:Gerda HaßlerORCiDGND
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2010
Year of Completion:2010
Release Date:2017/03/25
Source:Linguistic realization of evidentiality in european languages / Hrsg.: Gabriele Diewald ; Elena Smirnova. - Berlin, New York : De Gruyter Mouton, 2010. - ISBN 978-3-11-022396-5. - (Empirical approaches to language typology ; 49). - S. 223 - 248
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Romanistik