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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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Experiential and Cognitive “See / Ver” Domain Overlap in English and Spanish Journalistic Discourse (Elena Domínguez Romero / Victoria Martín De La Rosa)


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Experiential and Cognitive “See / Ver” Domain Overlap in English and Spanish Journalistic Discourse1

Abstract: This study aims to explore the meanings and uses, frequency and distribution, of the perception verb “see” and its Spanish counterpart “ver”. Based on a self-compiled corpus of opinion columns and leading articles recently published in Spanish and British left- and right-wing oriented newspapers, the study in question follows a contrastive corpus-based methodology as well as a combined qualitative and quantitative approach aimed at revealing frequency of distribution and usage patterns of the perception verbs under study. The verb “see” might be typically expected to indicate an external source of perception and a direct mode of knowing; yet the present study will be mainly focused on tracking all of the corpus occurrences of “see” and “ver”, including those in which there may be an indirect or a cognitive perception leading to an inferential mode of knowing.

Keywords: perception – evidentiality – journalistic discourse- verb “see”

Introduction and Background

This corpus-based study explores polysemous perception verb “see” and its Spanish counterpart “ver” in written journalistic discourse with the aim to identify not only the different meanings attributed to the varied occurrences found in the corpus but also their frequency of distribution. More specifically, the focus will be on the evidential uses and patterns of complementation of “see” and “ver”. To this ← 111 | 112...

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