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Epistemic modality and evidentiality and their determination on a deictic basis

  • It has often been pointed out that there is some overlap between epistemic modality and evidentiality (Chafe & Nichols 1986, Cornillie 2007, De Haan 1999, Dendale & Tasmowski 2001, Plungian 2001, Squartini 2004). In this paper I would like to offer several reflections about the necessity of drawing a boundary between modality and evidentiality. Starting from the typological category of evidentiality - extended here for use in pragmatic studies - I will then explore demarcation problems in Romance languages, which lack grammaticalized forms for expressing evidentiality. The underlying premise of this paper is that evidentiality as marker of the origin of the speaker's knowledge stands in relation to the speaker's pragmatic stance. Because the perspective of the speaker is thus incorporated into the utterance, it seems appropriate to analyse the applicability of the deictic category. Finally, under the aspect of deixis, I shall attempt a demarcation between evidentiality and 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:Modality and mood in Romance : Modal interpretation, mood selection and mood alternation / Hrsg.: Martin G. Becker ; Eva-Maria Remberger. - Berlin/New York : De Gruyter, 2010. - ISBN 978-3-11-023433-6. - (Linguistische Arbeiten ; 533). - S. 95 - 108
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Romanistik