This volume presents a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the Spanish
evidential semi-auxiliaries parecer and resultar, the modal constructions
with amenazar and prometer, and the modal auxiliaries poder, deber and
tener que. These verbs have never been considered together in a global
approach that transcends the classical "verbal periphrases" model.
The book proposes a cognitive-functional account of evidentiality and
modality in Spanish with special attention to subjectivity and grounding.
The theoretical reflection relies on empirical evidence of two sorts:
synchronic and diachronic corpus-analyses alternate with tests that measure
the semantic and pragmatic compatibility of the evidential and epistemic
constructions with specific sentences. Following the assumption that
linguistic forms are determined by their meaning, the array of
constructions that characterizes the different verbs justifies their
grouping in three pairs of (semi-)auxiliaries: parecer vs resultar,
amenazar vs prometer and poder vs deber/tener que. The distributional
differences observed in the corpus are further shown to correlate with
different degrees of grammaticalization.
Primarily intended for scholars working in the field of Spanish functional
linguistics, the monograph is also relevant for grammaticalization studies
and for cognitive-semantic research at large. Given its combined
theoretical and applied character, the volume is also of interest to anyone
concerned with syntactic processes, lexical semantics or the wider area of
discourse analysis and pragmatics.
Cognitive Linguistics; Spanish /language
Reserach Libraries, Teachers and Advanced Students of Functional
Linguistics, Grammaticalization Studies, Cognitive-Semantics, Spanish
Grammar, and Comparative Grammar
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