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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 Neuß (geb. 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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Potsdamer Linguistische Untersuchungen Recherches Linguistique à Potsdam Edited by / Herausgegeben von / Edité par Peter Kosta, Gerda Haßler, Teodora Radeva-Bork, Lilia Schürcks and / und / et Nadine Thielemann Band 1 Peter Kosta / Lilia Schürcks (eds.): Linguistics Investigations into Formal Description of Slavic Languages. Contributions of the Sixth European Conference held at Potsdam Uni- versity, November 30–December 02, 2005. 2007. Band 2 Lilia Schürcks: Binding and Discourse. Where Syntax and Pragmatics Meet. 2008. Band 3 Christiane Hümmer: Synonymie bei phraseologischen Einheiten. Eine korpusbasierte Un- tersuchung. 2009. Band 4 Svetlana Friedrich: Definitheit im Russischen. 2009. Band 5 Matthias Guttke: Strategien der Persuasion in der schriftkonstituierten politischen Kommu- nikation. Dargestellt an Parteiprogrammen der Neuen Rechten in Polen. 2010. Band 6 Peter Kosta / Lilia Schürcks (eds.): Formalization of Grammar in Slavic Languages. Con- tributions of the Eighth International Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Lan- guages – FDSL VIII 2009. University of Potsdam, December 2–5, 2009. 2011. Band 7 Roman Suka (ed.): From Present to Past and Back. Papers on Baltic and Slavic Accen- tology. 2011. Band 8 Diego Gabriel Krivochen: The Syntax and Semantics of Nominal Construction. A Radically Minimalist Perspective. 2012. Band 9 Teodora Radeva-Bork: Single and Double Clitics in Adult and Child Grammar. 2012. Band 10 Anja Hennemann: A Context-sensitive and Functional Approach to Evidentiality in Spanish or Why Evidentiality needs a Superordinate Category. 2013. www.peterlang.de

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