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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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The Future of Necessity in Spanish: Modality, Evidentiality and Deictic Projection at the Crossroads (Susana Rodríguez Rosique)


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The Future of Necessity in Spanish: Modality, Evidentiality and Deictic Projection at the Crossroads1

Abstract: This paper has as its aim to isolate the nature of what has traditionally been referred to as the future of necessity. The role played by the future of necessity at the intersection between epistemic modality and inferential evidentiality is firstly analyzed seeking to achieve that aim. Furthermore, the value of the future when occurring with verbs such as comprender, entender, reconocer is interpreted as a case of projection over a different level of meaning –the utterance– which results in a discursive intersubjective effect. More generally, the proposal supporting this analysis claims that the cases usually subsumed under the ‘future of necessity’ label actually represent a set of values where the verb form operates on different levels of meaning. According to the level on which this template works, the future may still play a temporal role, it may carry out an epistemic task, or it may display a discourse function as well. The future of necessity thus exemplifies a particular case within a wide definition of future.

Keywords: future of necessity – epistemic modality – inferential evidentiality – deictic projection – intersubjectivity ← 57 | 58 →


Something Happens with the Future

From a traditional perspective –i.e. from Bello ([1847] 1970) to RAE (2009)– the future in Spanish has been analyzed as a marker of tense; in other words, as a...

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