The Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Spanish Mood

The Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Spanish Mood

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This study provides a consistent description and explanation of the syntax, the semantics and the pragmatics of Spanish mood. A major focus of attention is the central role of the truthfunctional categories of realis, potentialis and irrealis as parameters relevant to mood selection in both subordinate and non-subordinate clauses. Furthermore, a proposal is offered for a new typology of clause-embedding predicates. The framework chosen stems from the insight that complement-taking predicates share the property of providing information on the set of mental processes which characterize intentional human behavior. At the level of pragmatic analysis, mood selection is examined from a variety of angles. Thus, specific research is conducted within the framework of speech act theory, relevance theory, politeness theory and the theory of Gricean maxims.show more

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  • Paperback | 247 pages
  • 149.9 x 218.4 x 15.2mm | 317.52g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112926
  • 9781588112927

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. 1. Modal categories of the Spanish verb: Levels of analysis; 3. 2. Functions of the modal categories of the Spanish verb; 4. 3.The modal structure of non-subordinate clauses; 5. 4. Que-sentences; 6. 5.The modal structure of subordinate clauses; 7. 6. Conclusion; 8. Notes; 9. References; 10. Corpus; 11. Subject index; 12. Proper-name index; 13. Lexiconshow more