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Title: Expressing the Same by the Different
Subtitle: The subjunctive vs the indicative in French
Written By: Igor Dreer
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 59

This volume offers an alternative, sign-oriented analysis of the
distribution of the French Indicative and Subjunctive. It rejects both
government and functions, attributed to both moods, and shows that the
distribution of the Indicative and the Subjunctive is motivated by their
invariant meanings. The volume illustrates the close interaction between
the Indicative and the Subjunctive, as linguistic signs, and signs of other
grammatical systems, contextually associated with the invariant meanings of
both moods. Special consideration is given to the use of the Indicative and
the Subjunctive in texts of different styles and genres.This volume also
deals with the diachronic disfavoring of the Subjunctive and especially of
the Imperfect Subjunctive that occurred from Old French to Contemporary
French. It is argued that this disfavoring was motivated by the narrowing
of the invariant meaning of the Contemporary French Subjunctive. All
hypotheses are supported by contextualized examples and frequency counts.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027215685
ISBN-13: 9789027215680
Pages: 305
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