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How to disambiguate an evidential construct? Taxonomy and compitionality of Romanian verbal complexes with evidential semantics

By Monica Alexandrina Irimia


This paper examines a specific verbal paradigm with evidential interpretations in Romanian; it also addresses intriguing questions about compositionality in the evidential domain and the precise delimita- tion of this notion from other (modal) categories. The discussion is centered around a typical characteristic of evidentials about the past, namely that they are homophonous with the perfect counterfactuals and future perfects. A battery of tests is examined in detail, and it is demonstrated that evidentials are not pragmatic extensions of homophonous forms; they rather have to be considered independent entries in the database

Publisher: country:DEU
Year: 2010
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