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Title: Topics in Subjectification and Modalization
Edited By: Bert Cornillie
Nicole Delbecque
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=BJL%2020
Series Title: Belgian Journal of Linguistics 20
Description:

This volume on subjectification and modalization sheds new light on two
kinds of shifts: (i) the shift from originally lexical reading toward
propositional or procedural ones and (ii) the shift from direct speech to
various forms of indirect speech. The papers of this volume not only
corroborate many of the assumptions and hypotheses on semantic and
syntactic change made in the literature, but also uncover the underlying
principles that motivate these processes. Five papers discuss the patterns
lying behind the grammaticalization and subjectification of adverbs and
verbs. Three papers dwell on different ways of reporting or distancing the
speaker’s own or someone else’s discourse and address the issue of how the
speaker can make use of tense to modalize the proposition.


Table of contents

Introduction
Bert Cornillie and Nicole Delbecque vii–xii
Part one - Discourse Markers and Epistemic Expressions 1
From Time to Discourse Monitoring:agora and então in European Portuguese
Ana Cristina Macário Lopes and Patrícia Matos Amaral 3–18
Syntactic Determinants of Pragmatic Markers of "Closure"
María Jesús González Fernández and Ricardo Maldonado 19–44
On certainly and zeker
Pieter Byloo, Richard Kastein and Jan Nuyts 45–72
The relation between Lexical and Epistemic Readings: The Equivalents of
promise and threaten in Dutch and German
Maurice Vliegen 73–95
Subjectification of Verbs into Discourse Markers: Semantic-pragmatic Change
only?
Concepción Company Company 97–121
Part two - Tense and Reported Speech 123
Tense and Evidentiality in Estonian
Mati Erelt, Helle Metslang and Karl Pajusalu 125–136
Speech or Thought Representation and Subjectification, or on the need to
think twice
Lieven Vandelanotte 137–168
Tense and Time in Counterfactual Conditionals
Renaat Declerck and Susan Reed 169–192

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
German
Portuguese
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9027226806
ISBN-13: 9789027226808
Pages: 208
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Europe EURO 89.00