Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


May I Quote You on That?

By Stephen Spector

A guide to English grammar and usage for the twenty-first century, pairing grammar rules with interesting and humorous quotations from American popular culture.

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages

Edited By Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank

This book "examines the reasons behind the dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why it matters, and what can be done to document and support endangered languages."

Book Information


Title: Evidentiality in German
Subtitle: Linguistic Realization and Regularities in Grammaticalization
Written By: Gabriele Diewald
Elena Smirnova
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 228

This book is a comprehensive study of the evidential system in German. It
presents a systematic description of the encoding of evidentiality in
present-day German, as well as a diachronic reconstruction of the relevant
sources and paths of grammaticalization from the Old High German period

Based on empirical corpus research, the study investigates the degree of
grammaticalization of each single evidential construction and the make-up
of the present-day system as well as the diachronic stages that lead to the
present state. The book focuses on three main issues. First, it is
concerned with the general notion of evidentiality, its deictic character,
and with the interrelations between the domains of evidentiality and
epistemic modality. Second, the book presents the results of the synchronic
corpus-based analysis of the German evidential periphrastic constructions
"werden" 'become' + infinitive, "scheinen" 'seem', "drohen" 'threaten',
"versprechen" 'promise' + zu 'to'- infinitive, which constitute a paradigm
for coding evidentiality in Present Day German. Third, the diachronic
development of the evidential constructions is represented as a complex
grammaticalization process, interacting with the development of modal
constructions and leading to a highly differentiated category of modal and
evidential distinctions in the grammar of German.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): German
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110241037
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110240696
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95