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Funktionen von Modalverben in Überschriften von Zeitungsnachrichten: ein multilingualer Vergleich (Deutsch vs. Französisch, Portugiesisch, Spanisch)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Portuguese.
2005 (German)In: Pressetextsorten im Sprachvergleich = Contrasting text types in the press / [ed] Hartmut E. H. Lenk, Andrew Chesterman, Hildesheim; ; Zürich; New York: Olms , 2005, 185-202 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that in news headlines – owing to their high context sensitivity – modal verbs involve the reader mentally to a high degree. In order to understand the meaning of a headline containing a modal verb,the reader has to reconstruct the contexts selected by the author. He has to do this in the first place in interaction with his own contextualized stock of knowledge. Further, he will form a hypothesis about the degree of probability of the possible contexts. This process of reconstruction creates an expectation about the news itself. This basic function of modalverbs in news headlines is the same for the four languages considered in this paper (German, French, Portuguese and Spanish); nevertheless, there are some language-specific norms for their use and decoding. Themost salient example is the epistemic use of Portuguese poder ‘can’/‘may’and dever ‘must’ in the present tense.

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Hildesheim; ; Zürich; New York: Olms , 2005. 185-202 p.
, Germanistische Linguistik. Monographien, ISSN 1430-1180 ; 17
Keyword [en]
German, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Contrastive Analysis, Text types in the press, headlines, modal verbes, mental involvement of the reader
Keyword [pt]
Alemão, Português, Francês, Espanhol, análise contrastiva, tipos textuais da imprensa, manchetes de jornais, verbos modais, envolvimento mental do leitor
Keyword [fr]
Allemand, Portugais, Français, Espagnol, analyse contrastive, types textuelles dans la presse, titres d'articles de journal, verbes modaux
Keyword [de]
Deutsch, Portugiesisch, Französisch, Spanisch, Kontrastive Analyse, Pressetextsorten, Zeitungsüberschriften, Modalverben, mentale Envolvierung der Leser
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Linguistics; German; Journalism; Portuguese; French; Spanish
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-30533ISBN: 3-487-12941-8OAI: diva2:272826
Available from: 2009-10-16 Created: 2009-10-16 Last updated: 2011-10-04Bibliographically approved

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