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LINGUIST List 16.3260

Fri Nov 11 2005

Books: Semantics/Typology, Italian: Pietrandrea

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Epistemic Modality: Pietrandrea


Message 1: Epistemic Modality: Pietrandrea
Date: 27-Oct-2005
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Epistemic Modality: Pietrandrea


Title: Epistemic Modality
Subtitle: Functional properties and the Italian system
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 74
Published: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%2074

Author: Paola Pietrandrea, University Rome Three
Hardback: ISBN: 9027230846 Pages: xii, 232 Price: U.S. $ 126.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027230846 Pages: xii, 232 Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Abstract:

This volume offers an original theoretical and methodological approach to
the hotly debated issue of epistemic modality. The analysis is conducted in
a rigorous typological frame developed after a careful consideration of a
wealth of cross-linguistic data, and focuses on Italian, a language often
disregarded in comparative analyses. The complexity of the Italian
epistemic system provides relevant information that will undoubtedly foster
a better understanding of the topic. A new definition of epistemic modality
is proposed on a functional basis and the structure of the Italian
epistemic system is closely described. The morpho-syntactic characteristics
of Italian epistemic forms are regarded as the result of the dialectic
between universal functional pressures and peculiar system resistances.
Shaped by the system, epistemic modality emerges as an intrinsically
linguistic category, which cannot be downsized to a mere conceptual notion,
as other approaches would propose.


Table of contents

Abbreviations xi-xii
Introduction 1-5
The notional category of epistemic modality 6-39
A typological classification of epistemic systems 40-52
Epistemic modality in Italian 53-68
Semantic oppositions 69-99
A typological characterization of Italian epistemic modality 100-107
Inflectional and distributional constraints.: The (low) performativity of
Italian epistemic modality 108-132
Aspectual constraints on the propositional content 133-153
The incompleteness of the propositional content and the
meta-propositionality of epistemic modality 154-186
A diachronic hypothesis 187-206
Conclusions 207-209
Notes 210-216
Bibliography 217-229
Subject Index 230-232

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Italian (ita)

Written In: English (eng )

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