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On the evidential use of English adverbials and their equivalents in Romance languages and Russian

  • The present study investigates the use of equivalents of the English adverbials seemingly and apparently with a specific morphological structure in Romance languages and Russian, i.e. Spanish al parecer, Portuguese ao parecer and ao que parece, French avoir l’air de, Italian all’apparenza and in apparenza as well as Russian по-видимому. The underlying hypothesis is that the function and syntactic behaviour of these adverbial locutions are motivated by their morphological composition. It is to investigate whether the adverbials may be used sentence-initially, parenthetically, as an adverbial with broad or narrow scope or as a component of a modalised predication. The adverbial locutions are treated as means of expression where evidentiality and epistemic modality represent overlapping functional-semantic categories.

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Author:Gerda HaßlerORCiDGND, Verónica BöhmGND, Anja HennemannORCiDGND
ISBN:9789027266149 (epub)
Parent Title (English):Evidentiality revisited : Cognitive grammar, functional and discourse-pragmatic perspectives (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series ; 271)
Subtitle (German):A morpho-syntactic analysis
Publisher:John Benjamins
Place of publication:Amsterdam, Philadelphia
Editor:Juana I. Marín Arrese, Gerda Haßler, Marta Carretero
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2017
Year of Completion:2017
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2017/03/23
Tag:adverbial locutions; epistemic modality; evidentiality; morphological structure; scope
First Page:87
Last Page:104
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Romanistik
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
4 Sprache / 44 Französisch, romanische Sprachen allgemein / 440 Romanische Sprachen; Französisch
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht