A Complete Guide to the Spanish Subjunctive
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A Complete Guide to the Spanish Subjunctive is the most complete reference guide to the use of the subjunctive in Spanish. After an exhaustive review of published literature on the subjunctive, and a thorough discussion of all the uses of the subjunctive, including those that have generated much discussion, for example after 'el hecho de que', causative predicates and verbs of emotion, as well as after certain conjunctions, such as 'aunque' and 'despues de que', the book presents a comprehensive theory of the subjunctive and provides practical rules for understanding, teaching and acquiring this linguistic structure. The book contains a wealth of authentic examples throughout drawn from linguistic corpora such as the Corpus de Referencia del Espanol Actual (CREA) and the Corpus del Espanol del Siglo XXI (CORPES XXI), large databases compiled by the Royal Spanish Language Academy and available on-line at http://www.rae.es/. This book includes: * A 'Synopsis' section that summarizes the content of the work and offers practical suggestions for teaching the subjunctive. * An extensive alphabetical list of expressions used with the subjunctive or the subjunctive AND the indicative. * An extensive and up-to-date bibliography of subjunctive literature.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 539g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 14 black & white tables
  • 1138963143
  • 9781138963146
  • 1,241,546

About Hans-jorg Busch

Hans-Jorg Busch is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Delaware.show more

Table of contents

Introduction * Purpose and scope of this book * About the empiric material and the examples used in this book * Overview of the subjunctive literature * The subjunctive: an expression of modality * The subjunctive: the morphosyntactic manifestation of mood * Attempts to define the meaning of the subjunctive * What happens when you explain the use of the subjunctive (only) with generalizing semantic and pragmatic terms? * Attempts to negate the meaning of the subjunctive * The concept of assertion * Newer studies that use the concept of assertion and related concepts to describe the meaning of the subjunctive * The definition of assertion in this book * Assertion and subordination in German * Assertion and subordination in English * The function or systematic grammatical meaning of the indicative, subjunctive and imperative moods in Spanish * The formal distinction between indicative and subjunctive in Spanish * The indicative * The subjunctive * The uses of the subjunctive in (pseudo) independent clauses * The imperative * The conditional * The sequence of tenses of the subjunctive * The grammatical function of dependent subjunctive clauses * Noun clauses *Verbs and expressions that are followed by the subjunctive in noun clauses * Wishes and orders * Opposition, prohibition, denial, doubt * Negative modifiers in the main clause * The role of interrogation in the main clause * The role of auxiliary verbs 9.1.1.3 Cause, explanation, justification, motif, origin, reason, consequence, tendency 9.1.1.4. Intermediate and impersonal expressions of influence, preference, permission, concession, admission, possibility, necessity, frequency, etc. 9.1.1.5. Feelings and emotions 9.2. Adjective or relative clauses 9.3. Adverb or circumstantial clauses 9.3.1. Conjunctions and expressions that always require the subjunctive 9.3.1.1. Para que 9.3.1.2. Antes de que 9.3.1.3 A menos que, a no ser que, siempre y cuando, en caso de que, and con tal de que 9.3.1.4. Sin que 9.3.2. Conjunctions and adverbial expressions that are used with the indicative and the subjunctive 9.3.2.1. Consecutive clauses 9.3.2.2. Causal clause 9.3.2.3. Concessive and adversative clauses 9.3.2.4. Conditional clauses 9.3.2.5. Adverbial clauses of time * The communicative potential of the subjunctive * Mood variation throughout the Spanish speaking world * The studies by De Sterck and Lastra & Butragueno * The studies by Fukushima and Miyashita * The VARIGRAMA project 11.3.1. Es probable que + IND, es una lastima que + IND, es interesante que + IND, es bueno que + IND, me alegro de que + IND 11.3.2. El hecho de que + IND 11.3.3. No hay duda de que + IND 11.3.4. Aunque 11.3.5. The studies by DeMello 11.3.6. Probablemente and posiblemente 11.3.7. Poder ser que 11.3.8. Tal vez 11.3.9. Quiza(s) 11.3.10. Acaso 11.3.11. Ser posible que/ ser probable que 11.3.12. No se si + SUB 11.3.13. Expressions of emotion 11.4 The studies by Gallego and Alonso-Marks: subjunctive vs. infinitive 11.5 Conclusions and outlook 12. Synopsis 12.1 How can we describe the essence of the subjunctive? 12.2 Step-by-step instructions to explain the use of the subjunctive in modern Spanish 12.3 Some examples Bibliography Bibliography of works cited in this book Additional subjunctive bibliography Indexshow more