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Mood in Maltese

By Martine Vanhove

Abstract

This paper shows that although Maltese has a set of morphological moods limited to two categories: an assertive mood, the Indicative, and an illocutionary mood, the Imperative; the two basic aspects of the Indicative mood can also bring modal values, which are in line with their semantics. The Perfective is used for the expression of epistemic values (counterfactual, evidential); the Imperfective for the expression of epistemic values (possibility eventuality, optative, hortative) and the prohibitive. In addition a set of periphrastic constructions with auxiliary verbs has been developed for the expression of (mainly) deontic values

Topics: Maltese, Semitic, mood, modality, epistemic, deontic, illocutionary force, auxiliary, grammaticalisation, morpho-syntax, [ SHS.LANGUE ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics
Publisher: John Benjamins
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:halshs-00583994v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot
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