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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
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110241037
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110240696
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