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A Context-sensitive and Functional Approach to Evidentiality in Spanish or Why Evidentiality needs a Superordinate Category

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Anja Hennemann

This study adopts a context-sensitive and functional approach to the qualitative analysis of Spanish linguistic means that are used to convey evidential meanings. Verbs of cognitive attitude, modal adverbs, modal verbs, the Spanish conditional and the synthetic future are analysed against the background of pragmatics. GlossaNet, a search engine that supports the researcher to build a corpus, was used to collect the examples analysed in this study. Furthermore, as evidentiality is – at least in Spanish – a linguistic category that overlaps with other semantic-functional categories, namely epistemic modality, deixis, subjectivity and polyphony, it is argued that the superordinate category speaker’s perspectivisation should be imposed on these categories.

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I would like to express my deep gratitude to my supervisor Prof. Dr. Gerda Haßler. I appreciate her expertise, her helpfulness and especially her sometimes severe but helpful comments she gave me during the whole process of the PhD writing. I also owe her my first academic teaching as well as my first conference papers. So many, many thanks! Furthermore, my research has been influenced by the work of Prof. Dr. Bert Cornillie. I have benefited greatly from his insightful comments and criticisms. However, I would not only like to thank him for his scientific support but also for his moral one. My gratitude also goes to Dr. Kasper Boye, who was always willing to an- swer my questions during my research and who was disposed to have discus- sions with me, which turned out to be fruitful. During the course of this work I received a great deal of support from many other people. I would like to thank my parents to whose home I sometimes in- vited myself for lunch or dinner in order to have a reason for leaving the desk. I must also acknowledge my friends, especially Katharina Stephan and Theresa Schulz, ‘my Spanish family’ and Marcus Neuß: some of them supported me pre- dominantly morally, others ‘semi-scientifically’ and again others were nearly always disposed to simply distract and entertain me. They all have helped me on my way through this PhD. In summary, I am thankful to be surrounded by the people I am...

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