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Evidentiality and Modality in European Languages

Discourse-pragmatic perspectives


Edited By Juana I. Marín-Arrese, Julia Lavid-López, Marta Carretero, Elena Domínguez Romero, Mª Victoria Martín de la Rosa and María Pérez Blanco

Evidentiality and Modality in European Languages focuses on discourse-pragmatic studies on the domains of evidentiality and epistemic modality, and also includes studies on deontic modality. The book presents ground-breaking research on the functions and the discourse-pragmatic variation of evidential expressions and modals in diverse discourses and genres, applying corpus-based methodologies. It offers unique features regarding content, usage and methodology, and comparative studies. The comparative viewpoint is addressed in contributions which provide a usage-based cross-linguistic account of the expression of evidentiality and modality in various European languages (English, French, Italian, Romanian and Spanish). The contributions are representative of the work on evidentiality and modality in European languages carried out in a substantial number of countries, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and Sweden.

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FRANCISCO ALONSO-ALMEIDA is Lecturer of English at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His research interests focus on (historical) pragmatics, (historical) discourse analysis, specialised English discourse and corpus linguistics. He has published empirical articles and chapters on corpus linguistics, and the evolution of text patterns and functions. He has published in international refereed journals, such as Neophilologus, Neophilolohische Mitteilungen, Studia Neophilologica, Folia Linguistica Historica, Intercultural Pragmatics, Discourse Studies, and Journal of Historical Pragmatics, among others. He acts as referee for international academic journals, and he is the co-Editor of Revista de lenguas para fines específicos.

DAVID BANKS is Emeritus Professor at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in France. He is former Head of the English Department, Director of ERLA (Equipe de Recherche en Linguistique Appliquée) and Chairman of AFLSF (Association Française de la Linguistique Systémique Fonctionnelle). He is author or editor of 30 books and has published over 100 academic articles. His publication The Development of Scientific English, Linguistic features and historical context (Equinox), won the ESSE Language and Linguistics book award 2010. His research interests include the diachronic study of scientific text and the application of systemic functional linguistics to English and French. His non-academic activities include choral singing and ocean rowing.

MARÍA JOSÉ BARRIOS SABADOR is professor of Spanish linguistics and Spanish as a foreign language at University Nebrija. Her areas of research include epistemic modality, spoken discourse and corpus linguistics. She is co-author on...

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