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Title: Evidentiality and Perception Verbs in English and German
Written By: Richard Jason Whitt
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430152
Series Title: German Linguistic and Cultural Studies. Vol. 26
Description:

Evidentiality, the linguistic encoding of a speaker's or writer's evidence
for an asserted proposition, has begun to receive serious attention from
linguists only in the last quarter century. Much of this attention has
focused on languages that encode evidentiality in the grammar, while much
less interest has been shown in languages that express evidentiality
through means other than inflectional morphology. In English and German,
for instance, the verbs of perception - those verbs denoting sight, sound,
touch, smell, and taste - are prime carriers of evidential meaning. This
study surveys the most prominent of the perception verbs in English and
German across all five sensory modalities and accounts for the range of
evidential meanings by examining the general polysemy found among
perception verbs, as well as the specific complementation patterns in which
these verbs occur.

Contents:

Evidentiality and Perception Verbs - Sensory Modalities - Perception Verb
Typology and Hierarchy - Polysemy - Metaphor - Metonymy - Subjectivity -
Intersubjectivity - Stance and Engagement - Bleaching and
Grammaticalization - Text Type - Complementation - Constructions - Corpus
Study - Visual Perception - Auditory Perception - Tactile Perception -
Olfactory Perception - Gustatory Perception.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Semantics
Subject Language(s): English
German
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034301527
Pages: 247
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