Evidentiality and propositional scope in early modern German

Whitt, Richard J. (2017) Evidentiality and propositional scope in early modern German. Journal of Historical Pragmatics . ISSN 1569-9854 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of verbal markers of evidentiality in Early Modern German (1650-1800) in light of Boye’s propositional scope hypothesis. The markers under investigation include the semi-auxiliary scheinen ‘to shine, appear, seem’ and the perception verbs sehen ‘see’ and hören ‘hear.’ It is shown that, although Boye’s hypothesis sheds new light on and calls into question previous diachronic accounts of scheinen, it appears not to fully account for why cases where perception verbs do not scope over propositions are also found with evidential readings in light of the larger discourse context. It will be shown that Boye’s hypothesis is still feasible when such contexts are taken into account. Data are drawn from the German Manchester Corpus (GerManC), a representative multi-register corpus of Early Modern German from 1650 to 1800.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Anticipated publication details: Journal of Historical Pragmatics, Vol. 18, no.1 (2017). Article is under copyright and John Benjamins should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Keywords: Evidentiality, Early Modern German, Propositional Scope
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Depositing User: Whitt, Richard
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2016 14:55
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2017 10:38
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39145

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